Title IX event advises students on dating

News Editor Kaitlyn Davis

“The Dating Doctor,” David Coleman, talked dating confidence and loving oneself to students in the Guillot University Center Performance Center Sept. 13.

Coleman presented his “Dating and Relationships in a Title IX World” speech at the Title IX sponsored event.

Coleman appeared in Glamour Magazine, People Magazine and CNN, said Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator Tammy Jacques during the event.

Coleman’s presentation encouraged students to create a “campus culture of consent,” Coleman said during the event.

“That means if you’re going to engage in physical romantic relationship with someone else up to and including intercourse, you better grow up in a hurry and have adult conversations,” he said.

Students should establish boundaries before they engage in intimate acts with their romantic partners, Coleman said.

“The answer you get back you live by,” he said. “If it’s no, you’re done right there. If it’s yes, that person still has the ability at any point in time to say no.”

Students do not need to engage in sexual activity if they are not sober, Coleman said.

“If you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the point you’re incapacitated, you can’t ask for consent,” he said. “If they’re under the influence of anything to where they’re incapacitated, they can’t grant it.”

If students go to a party with friends, they need to leave with them too, Coleman said.

“No one should be left behind,” he said. “If five people go to a party, five people come back from that party together.”

Students must allow themselves to grow before finding the right person, Coleman said.

“You will not find the right person, until you become the right person,” he said.

In order to become the right person, students need to get involved on campus and give themselves time to heal after difficult relationships, Coleman said.

Coleman also taught students signs to be wary of when dating someone new.

Students should stay away from people who are “mentally, physically (or) verbally abusive, want to get too physical too quickly (or) live an unhealthy lifestyle,” he said.

Coleman gave students valuable advice about their love lives, said junior Haley Craig.

“I think (the event) was great for students,” Craig said. “I kind of got a clearer sense of how to really (date).”

Coleman’s presentation helped teach students how to handle relationships, said senior Christian McAllister.

“(The event) was a lot more entertaining than what I was expecting,” McAllister said. “I think it was very beneficial for somebody who’s trying to figure out, ‘How should I live in this world, and how should I interact with people of the opposite sex?”