It's the kind of advice you'd think students at a prestigious school like Princeton University already know — but the college's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education office apparently wanted to be doubly certain.
So SHARE took to its Facebook page earlier this month prior to the annual Orange and Black Ball and offered students a guide that asked the eternal question, “What does consent on the dance floor look like?"
“Going to OBB this Friday? Planning to have a great time tearing up the dance floor with your friends?” the post poses, before adding hashtags such as #RespectMatters and #ConsentIsCool.
It began by reminding Princeton's supremely gifted students that they can get things off the ground by asking, “Do you wanna dance?” And to quell any confusion, the post offered a peek at what some of the answers they might get: “Absolutely!” “Yeah! Let’s do it!” or “I’d love to!”
Once dancing has commenced, the guide reminds students they should be “frequently checking in with your dance partner” and ask questions like, “Hey, are you still into this? We can stop if you aren’t.” No parameters were provided for query frequency (e.g., one check-in question per chorus).
A university spokesperson told Campus Reform that the guide was “created by a student in the U-Matter program" and "is one in a series of reminders and opportunities for discussion on respectful behavior, be it on the dance floor or anywhere on campus or off." And the guide "isn’t in response to any type of problem related to dances or dancing," the Princeton spokesperson added to the outlet.
As you might expect, the guide was torn to shreds on SHARE's Facebook page, with some commenters adding their own rules ("Also, dancers must maintain a distance of three feet from each other at all times.") and others lamenting what might get tossed away next ("Soon they'll just ban dancing altogether.").