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Definitions of Reportable Crimes


The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Sex Offenses:


Forcible: The offenses listed below with the exception of fondling; require penetration of a bodily orifice. The act must be against the victim's will or the victim must be legally incapable of giving consent due to temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity - including intoxication - or because of the victim's youth.


Forced sexual intercourse.


Forced oral or anal sexual intercourse.

Sexual Assault with an Object:

Use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person. An "object" or "instrument" is anything used by the offender other than the offender's genitalia.

Sexual Assault:

A form of sexual violence.   It is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced or forced to engage against their will, or any non-consensual sexual touching of a person.  This includes rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner.

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.  Examples of this are voyeurism, exhibitionism, incest and sexual harassment.  It can happen in different situations; in the home by someone you know, or a date or by a stranger in an isolated place.


Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape:

Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.


The taking, or attempt to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person or persons by force, or threat of force, violence or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.

Aggravated Assault:

An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or a loss of consciousness.

Burglary (Breaking and Entering):

The unlawful entry into a building or structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft. Forced entry is not a required element of the offense, so long as the entry is unlawful (a trespass). The entry may be made through an unlocked door or window. Burglary includes unsuccessful attempts at entry using force or where an offender is frightened off while entering an unlocked door or open window.

Motor Vehicle Theft:

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Domestic Violence:

Includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

Dating Violence:

Means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.  Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type and frequency of interaction.


Means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Harasses means a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person with the intent to seriously alarm, annoy or bother the person and which serves no legitimate purpose.  The course of conduct must be such a would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotion distress or be in fear of bodily injury.

Hate Crime:

Any crime motivated by bigotry and bias, including, but not limited to threatened or completed acts that appear after investigation to have been racial, religious, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability prejudice. For the purposes of the Campus Security Act, statistics concerning the above listed offenses that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or disability are shown in the Hate Crime row of the statistical table.

Liquor Law Violation:

Any violation of any law or ordinance prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages. Driving under the Influence of an intoxicating substance comes under a different statute as does "drunkenness".

Drug Abuse Violation:

Any violation of any law prohibiting production, manufacture (including growing), distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances. Also possession of equipment or devices utilized for their production or use.

Weapons Possession:

Any violation of any laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment or use of firearms, edged instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

If you wish to receive any updated statistical information, call the Police Department at (401) 825-2109. If you need information on a specific policy, the Office of Student Services at (401) 825-2221 will be happy to provide it. The Police Website @ displays the text and tables of this document and is updated on a regular basis.

Should you have any questions regarding the information provided in this brochure, please feel free to contact either of the above offices. Remember, by working in partnership, the Community of Rhode Island community will be successful in maintaining a safe environment for learning.

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Last Updated: 7/29/16