I Love Consent! This is the phrase we hope to hear all over campus this year as the Equity and Campus Diversity Office launches our new sexual assault awareness campaign. This campaign stems from many sources: the first and foremost being Buffalo State’s dedication to eradicating sexual assault and protecting the rights of all members of our community. This initiative is also inspired by the conversation going on at the state and federal levels about how to address the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.
Title IX and other federal laws require colleges and universities to have sexual assault prevention and education programs. At the state level earlier this month, Governor Cuomo called upon SUNY to adopt a uniform set of policies and practices for sexual assault response and prevention on campus. Chancellor Nancy Zimpher accepted the Gov-ernor’s call to action. She charged all SUNY institutions of higher education with adopting a uni-form practice standard regarding this concern. With this new campaign adding to the efforts that already exist on campus, Buffalo State is poised to be at the forefront of SUNY’s new policies.
The I Love Consent campaign will consist of consent-themed workshops, publications, and campus-wide awareness raising events. The concept of affirmative consent (that anything other than an enthusiastic yes is not consent to sexual activity) is very important, and is gaining more and more ground nationwide. This concept is strongly featured in I Love Consent.
Our office will be collaborating with various departments on campus including the Judicial Affairs office, the Dean of Students Office, Weigel Health Promotions, the Communication Department, the Ann Frank Project, The Residence Life Office, and Campus Police. We believe that this is an issue that needs to be tackled from all sides. Keep a lookout for our new logo, and for all things consent—because Buffalo State will not stand for sexual assault!