University of Minnesota to Adopt ‘Affirmative Consent’ Rule for Sex Partners

July 7, 2015

By Maura Lerner at Star Tribune

The University of Minnesota is joining a national movement requiring students to obtain “affirmative consent” from their sex partners or risk being disciplined for sexual assault.

The policy change, sometimes known as the “yes means yes” rule, has been sweeping college campuses across the country since California passed the first such law last year.

The U’s new rule, which is poised to take effect this month after a 30-day comment period, says that sex is OK only if both parties express consent through “clear and unambiguous words or actions.” Absent that, it would fit the U’s ­definition of sexual assault...

Schools: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities