Definitions of consent and incapacitation as it applies to sexual assault was a major issue brought up at a forum Wednesday about the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s proposed prohibited sexual activity policy.
“Just because someone is drunk does not mean he or she is incapacitated to give consent,” said Christine Brasher, director of operational review and Title IX coordinator.
The proposed policy, which will be presented to the University Council on Monday, spells out procedures that give people involved in an accusation of sexual misconduct a clear understanding of what information they’re entitled to, what their rights are, and what steps they need to follow, said Jordan Kellman, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
“I think it’s great that they’re finally doing something, putting something in place, to help protect the students,” said Anna Rucks, a representative of Hearts of Hope, a local nonprofit that provides support services to child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault.
An interim version of the policy has been in effect since late September in order to meet state and federal deadlines, and will expire on Jan. 31 or when the permanent policy is adopted.
“I was glad to know that people were looking at (the policy) and taking it seriously,” Brasher said of the comments they received. “I was also glad to see people who raised concerns about the due process issue or being falsely accused, which is one of those things we try to make sure our policy is fair.”