Consent Matters: an online consent programme for students
Boundaries, respect, and positive intervention
Consent Matters is an online, interactive consent programme for all students at the University of Oxford. The programme offers initial training helping to build an understanding of consent, respect, boundaries and positive intervention. Talking about sex can be difficult, and through the completion of the programme we hope students will learn how to recognise and ask for sexual consent, look out for others at the University, and find support if it’s needed.
Take the course
All students can access the programme without needing an SSO or University email address. Register now on the course webpage and enter:
- any email address and password personal to you
- your college in the Institution-specific field
- the University’s unique access code: c3fa6d9f in the Token field (you will not be able to access the course without this)
Activate the link sent to your email (check your junk folder if not received) and you'll be taken to the 3-module course to complete.
Oxford Against Sexual Violence
Consent Matters forms part of the University’s Oxford Against Sexual Violence campaign, which sends a clear message that sexual harassment and violence of any form is unacceptable.
The consent training complements the existing measures of the wider campaign which have expanded from the University’s initial launch of the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service in October 2018.
In 2019, the University increased staff numbers in a dedicated support centre; appointed specialist staff to handle student complaints; and made changes to disciplinary procedures to make them more transparent.
The university and colleges are currently reviewing all face-to-face consent workshops previously run by Oxford SU and other partners. New consent workshops from the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service will be rolled out in Michaelmas term 2023 for Freshers’ Week, complementing the online consent course by allowing space for further discussion.
Support for students
The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service provides a safe place for students be heard - independent of their college or department.
The Service offers free support and advice to any student who has been affected by sexual harassment or violence; whoever you are, whatever has happened and whenever it was.
Find out more and contact the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service
Explore the University's dedicated Oxford Against Sexual Violence campaign
Read about the initiatives by Oxford SU