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The UMass Code of Student Conduct defines consent as:

informed, freely, and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.

A person cannot give consent if he or she:

  • feels coerced or threatened;
  • is fearful of bodily injury;
  • is intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs;
  • is incapable of understanding their decision for any reason;
  • is unable to resist or communicate either consent or unwillingness;
  • is under the age of 16