Student Affairs

Unpacking Sexual Consent: Engaging Legal, Policy and Identity Complications

Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/02/2018, 2 pm EST
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jason Laker
Price: $108.00

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Title IX and institutions obligations around sexual assault prevention and response have received a spate of attention from media, government and activists. Despite the value of accountability increases and reforms, and diligent efforts to prevent sexual coercion and assault, incidence rates have been stagnant for decades. It is entirely possible for an institution to be compliant with the Campus SAVE act and Title IX requirements, yet never prevent a single assault.

The presenters recently completed a groundbreaking qualitative study about how college students navigate their amorous and sexual beliefs and experiences. Findings demonstrate that implicit assumptions underlying laws, policies and programs do not match lived experiences when it comes to consent. We'll share and discuss this research and implications for untangling the issues and supporting students' development and agency.


  • Understand conflicts between legal/policy expectations and intimate experiences of students' amorous and sexual encounters
  • Foundational information useful for engaging students in reflections about their early learning about sexuality and its impact on their social/sexual experiences in college
  • Overview of provocative yet critical issues and students' beliefs about sexual consent
  • Ideas for building students' capacity for empowered sexual consent or refusal


  • Student Affairs practitioners and scholars interested in sexual assault prevention.
  • Title IX Coordinators
  • Wellness/Prevention Educators
  • Gender Resource Center Staff
  • Staff working with focused populations (e.g. Greek Life, Athletes)
  • SSAOs
  • Judicial Affairs staff


Dr. Jason Laker has over 25 years of successful and progressively more complex administrative leadership experiences in student and academic affairs, at six distinct institutional environments (e.g., research, public, private, large, small, religious, liberal arts) in the U.S. and Canada (he is originally from Detroit, Michigan). He has served as Chief Student Affairs Officer at universities in the U.S. and Canada, and is currently a tenured, Full Professor in the Lurie College of Education at San José State University in California. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University. He has presented and published numerous articles and conference sessions, including four edited texts: Masculinities in Higher Education (Routledge, 2011 with Tracy Davis), Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities (Oxford, 2011), Citizenship, Democracy and Higher Education in Europe, Canada and the USA (2014, Palgrave UK), and Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada and the USA (2014, Palgrave UK).

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