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Policy on Indecent Assault, Abuse and Rape

WPI will not tolerate indecent assault, abuse, rape (including acquaintance rape) or other forms of forcible or nonforcible sexual misconduct.

Indecent Assault is defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity such as sexual touching or fondling. (U. Maryland, 1993)

Abuse is defined in the General Laws of Massachusetts as 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.

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.

Acquaintance Rape is defined as 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.

Forcible Sexual Offense Offense is defined under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting as any sexual act directed against another person forcible and/or against that person's will; or not forcible where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Examples include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, forcible fondling, and sexual assault with an object.

Nonforcible Sexual Offense is defined under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting as unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse, i.e., incest and statutory rape (under age 16).

WPI strives to create an environment that is free of acts of violence. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include separation from the university. The various sanctions outlined in Article 1, Section D, of the constitution of the WPI campus judicial system are applicable to students found guilty of violating WPI's indecent assault, abuse, and rape policy.

In accordance with the requirements of the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act as amended in 1992, in any campus judicial case alleging some form of sexual assault, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.

 
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