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Consent Day: #notonmycampusMSUTexas

September 6, 2018

Maverick T. Mustang, mascot, and Counseling Center staff members gives out shirts for Consent Day at MSU #notonmycampusMSUTexas. Photo by Kristin Silva.

Maverick T. Mustang, mascot, and Counseling Center staff members gives out shirts for Consent Day at MSU #notonmycampusMSUTexas. Photo by Kristin Silva.

On the Jesse Rogers Promenade outside of the Clark Student center, a tent staffed by people from the counseling center and Rachael Fornof, director and coordinator of Title IX, were handing out free shirts to those who could explain what consent means to them.

“There are those free shirts that have this message that consent is not only sexy it is mandatory on MSU campus,” Fornof said. “It is a chance for students to be able to show what they know about consent.”

Fornof said she wants students to get an understanding that this campus, this community is dedicated to a culture that supports and mandates consent in all situations. In asking someone to have their French fries at lunch, giving them a hug or engaging in sexual activity.

The MSU counseling center were lending a voice to inform students about the meaning of consent.

“The counseling center is very invested in student safety and student mental health and wellness,” said Zachary Zoet, licensed counselor intern and staff at the Counseling Center. “We are partnering with Title 9 to do this because it’s obviously something that is sorely needed. We’re some of the best people to talk about these type of topics and reach across to talk to students and facilitate a conversation”

Along with Consent Day Fornof is planning staff and student information sessions on how to properly help peers and students in the case of sexual misconduct.

“Consent especially today is very misconstrued and it is very misunderstood,” said Garrett Barnes, nursing junior. “People don’t seem to understand what consent is and coming out here and explaining it to people is probably the best thing they can do.”

Student Reactions

Tijuna Smith, nursing freshman“It’s me saying yes.”

Maverick Moxey, biology and physical education freshman“Mutual Permission between 2 people.”

Chloe Dunlap, music education sophomore“Respecting me as a person.”

Jameson Cooper, management information systems junior“Giving people the A-OK.”

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