Creating a Culture of Consent

Ask. Listen. Respect.


Consent has six (6) important elements:

  • It’s an active, voluntary and mutual agreement between all parties to engage in an activity without the force of any kind
  • Informed consent is enthusiastic, resounding (verbal or nonverbal) “YES!”
  • It’s also an ongoing process—just because you received consent for something once before doesn’t mean you always have it.
  • It’s the responsibility of the initiator or the person changing the activity to ensure they obtain consent.
  • Consent can be taken away at any time, regardless of what has happened up to that point.
  • Consent is best practiced sober—if the other party has been drinking, even a little bit, best to wait until they can aptly provide consent.

There is NO consent when any party is:

  • Forced, threatened, intimidated or coerced
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Sleeping, passed out, or unconscious
  • Drunk, intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Moving away, pretending to be asleep, freezing up or becoming silent, or showing other non-verbal clues to indicate ‘no’
  • Incapable of giving consent due to a mental health issue, intellectual or physical disability
  • A person of authority or there is a power imbalance

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The BCIT Student Association respectfully acknowledges that the land on which BCIT’s main campuses are located is the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared territories of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.