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Sexual Misconduct
Affirmative consent should be the standard
Affirmative consent should be the standard

Some defense-minded law professors and others have criticized revised college sexual misconduct policies that shift the definition of sexual assault from involuntary sexual relations to a lack of affirmative consent. But affirmative consent is the right standard. It best protects an individual's autonomy and is the best way for someone to know if a partner is engaging in sex voluntarily. Ambiguity should be seen as sexual assault. Ambiguity is not permissible in other contexts: When I don't respond to the panhandler, I certainly am not consenting to the removal of my wallet. It is also the proper standard because two people shouldn't be engaging in activity that risks having a...