BAE- Before Anything Else 

What is Consent?

Every participant involved in sexual activity must obtain and give consent before every sexual act. Consent is an informed, voluntary, and active agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be:

  • Informed: the individuals understand the sexual activity they are agreeing to;
  • Voluntary: the individuals agree to the activity freely and without coercion, intimidation, or force; and
  • Active:  the individuals communicate their agreement to engage in the activity through affirmative words and/or actions. Consent cannot be assumed.

What is not Consent?

The following do not constitute consent:

  • Silence
  • Passivity
  • Lack of protest or resistance
  • The absence of “No”

Under Iowa law the following people are unable to give consent:

  • Persons who are asleep or unconscious
  • Persons who are incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication
  • Persons who are unable to communicate consent due to a mental or physical condition


Consent is required by every person, for every act, every time.

Know The Code

Make the Request to Us - The Office of Equal Opportunity

Make the request directly to our office, by using this form, to engage in trainings and discussions around the concept of consent.