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Terminology Definitions

The following terms are provided to help you fully understand the information on these web pages.


Coercion

Conduct or behavior that compels an action by intimidation, domination or an expressed or implied threat of physical or emotional harm that would reasonably place an individual in fear of harm and that is used to persuade a person to act.


Complainant

Person that files the complaint.


Consent

Consent means intelligent, knowing and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission. Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender.” (794.011)


Cyberstalking

Engaging in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.


Dating Violence

Violence between individuals who have currently, or have had in the past, a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the consideration of all the following factors: A dating relationship must have existed within the past 6 months.


Discrimination

Prejudicial treatment based on an individual's membership in a particular category. Types of discrimination include disparate treatment, disparate impact and retaliation.


Domestic Violence

Any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.


Respondent

Person the complaint is filed against.


Retaliation

Intimidating, threatening, coercing or discriminating against an individual for making a complaint, testifying, assisting or participating in an investigation, proceeding or hearing.


Sexual Battery

Non-consensual sexual penetration by another or other, by union of sexual organ or another object.


Sexual Harassment

Any unwelcome behavior in a sexual nature by a person or persons towards another person, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that seriously interferes with a student's learning environment or employee's work environment.


Stalking

A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking under Florida law.

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