In Sexual-Misconduct Policies, Difficulty Arises in Defining 'Yes'

In Sexual-Misconduct Policies, Difficulty Arises in Defining ‘Yes’ 1

Ryan Kang

The U. of Oregon is one of many institutions being criticized for their response to reports of sexual assault. Colleges across the country 
are reviewing campus policies to investigate and resolve alleged incidents.

Twenty years ago, the "No Means No" campaign, created by a group of Canadian college students to raise awareness about sexual assault, pretty much encompassed the limits of the discussion. Since then, however, ideas about consent have grown more complicated, forcing colleges and students alike to grapple with a tougher issue: Although "no" always means no, "yes" is often murky.

In short, defining consent is difficult.

Many colleges are working on such a definition, however, as