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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Prevention

Scott Jones
Title IX Coordinator
Director of the Office of Institutional Equity
103 Edwards Hall
785-532-6220
equity@k-state.edu

The Title IX Coordinator handles inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence policies and complaints.

For urgent 24-hour
assistance, call: 

Office of Student Life
785-532-6432

Counseling Services
785-532-6927

CARE
785-532-6444

K-State Police Department
785-532-6412

What is Consent?

For the University's official definitions of consent and the capacity to consent, please see K-State's Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence and Stalking.

Consent is

The knowing and voluntary, through words and/or conduct, agreement to engage in a particular act, including without limitation, a particular act of sexual contact or sexual intercourse. To be consent, the person must have the capacity to consent and the permission or agreement must be knowing and given without coercion or force. Even if consent has been given, a person has the right to change their mind before or during the sexual interaction. Whether someone has given consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context.

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A person has the capacity to consent to a sexual act if he/she:
  1. Can understand the sexual nature of the proposed act;
  2. Can understand that he or she has the right to refuse to participate in the act; and
  3. Possesses a rudimentary grasp of the possible results arising from participation in the act.

A person may be incapable of giving consent because of mental deficiency or disease, or because of the effect of alcohol, narcotic, drug, or other substance, which renders the person incapacitated when that condition is known by the offender or is reasonably apparent to the offender.

Consent is not effective if it results from:  (a) the use of physical force, (b) a threat of physical force, (c) intimidation, (d) incapacitation, or (e) any other factor that would eliminate an individual’s ability to exercise his or her own free will to choose whether or not to engage in sexual activity.

An individual’s manner of dress or the existence of a current or previous dating or sexual relationship between two or more individuals does not, in and of itself, constitute consent to engage in a particular sexual activity.

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