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Glossary of Terms

Abuse:
As defined in the General Laws of Massachusetts, abuse is the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members:
    1. Attempting to cause or causing physical harm
    2. Placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm (applies to threats and to situations where the abuser has assaulted the victim but no battery has occurred. The protections of this law are extended to individuals who are or were involved in what is termed by statute as "a substantive dating or engagement relationship.")
    3. Causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat or duress
Acquaintance Rape:
Forced, manipulated or coerced sexual intercourse (or other sexual act) by a friend or an acquaintance. If the act occurs while the victim is unconscious, asleep or otherwise unable to communicate unwillingness, it is still considered acquaintance rape.
Aiding or abetting theft:
To aid or assist in the performance of an act of theft or to incite such an act.
Assault:
A violent attack of any sort; attempt or threat to do bodily violence to another; to attack violently.
Assault and battery:
The intentional and unjustified use of force upon the person of another, however slight, or the intentional doing of a wanton or grossly negligent act causing personal injury to another.
Consent:
Agreement that may be expressed or implied. Acquiescence does not necessarily constitute consent. Further, consent cannot be construed if a) it is given by a person who is legally incompetent to authorize the conduct charged to constitute the offense and such incompetence is manifest or known to the actor; or b) it is given by a person who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, intoxication or drug use, is unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature or harmfulness of the conduct charged to constitute the offense; or c) it is induced by force, duress, or deception.
Due process:
In general a constitutional concept (Fourteenth Amendment) that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without legal protection in the form of being present at a hearing, having the opportunity to be heard, and having the opportunity to present evidence (Barr, 1988).
Harassment:
Harassment is defined as any conduct, physical, verbal, written or electronic, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's or group's educational or work performance at WPI or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational, work or living environment; or contacting a person after a sanction prohibiting contact has been issued, either personally or through a third party.
Incumbent:
The holder of any office.
Possession of stolen property:
To have in one's possession or control, stolen items.
Rape:
Rape is defined as forced, manipulated or coerced sexual intercourse (or other sexual act) against the will of the victim. If the act occurs while the victim is unconscious, asleep or otherwise unable to communicate unwillingness, it is still considered rape.
Renders one liable to judgment:
Indicates accountability to the appropriate WPI judicial body to determine responsibility and appropriate sanctions.
Stalking:
In the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 265, section 43, any person who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a threat with the intent of placing that person in imminent fear of death or serious body injury.
Theft:
The act of stealing; larceny.
Threat:
An indication or source of impending danger; declaration of an intention to harm, injure, etc.
Unauthorized attendance:
Not having the right to be present.
Unauthorized entrance:
Not having the right to enter.
Unauthorized use:
Not having the right to use

 

 
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