For Class of 2019, Sex Comes With a Syllabus

August 22, 2015

By Jodie Tillman at The Orange County Register

IRVINE – The list of potential hazards began with earthquakes. Then fires, pandemics and gunmen on the loose.

But the hundreds of UC Irvine freshmen attending their orientation session grew most attentive when it came to a more likely peril of modern college life: sex.

“What is consent?” asked an actor in the educational video that played on a student center screen.

The other actors in the film, all UCI students, responded:

“It’s talking about what you like.”

“Consent is knowing your partner wants you as much as you want them.”

The actors described how to ask for consent:

“Is this OK?”

“What would you like me to do to you?”

“Do you want to have sex?”

Summer orientation is more explicit these days, for a reason. A number of high-profile cases cast a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on campus, forcing colleges and universities to rethink not only how they handle such accusations but what they are doing to prevent them...