Emily Williams

Three federal investigations into sexual assault now open at MU

With three open cases, Miami has more active federal investigations into sexual assault policies and procedures than any other university in the state. The first opened November 3, 2016. Two additional cases opened June 9. Details about the June cases are not yet available, but the November case stems from a student’s complaint that the university “failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports, and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice.” The two June Title IX complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights stem from off-campus incidents, said spokeswoman Claire Wagner. One was reported in 2015 and one in 2016. “OCR is obligated to investigate all complaints filed with it and Miami University is cooperating fully in the investigation,” Wagner said. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Title IX tracker, 345 such investigations are open at colleges and universities across the country. The highest number of active cases is at Cornell University with six investigations. The cases, on average, are open for 1.8 years, they report. Ten other Ohio colleges and universities are being investigated for their handling of sexual assault cases. Two cases are active at the Ohio State University, the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and Denison University. One investigation is active at Cleveland State University and John Carroll University. Check for updates on...

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Student suspended for sexual assault files suit against MU

The student claims innocence, says university violated his right to due process A student suspended for violating Miami’s Sexual Misconduct Policy has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the school violated his right to due process. A hearing in late April found the sophomore guilty of sexual assault for engaging in sexual conduct with a female student “on two occasions…without her knowingly being able to consent.” He was suspended until May 2019 and banned from campus. But the student, identified only as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, says the sexual encounter was consensual. He and his lawyer,...

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Three arrested for Oxford rape case

Three men are facing over 7o charges for the rape of a female in February. The men were arrested Friday and are being held at the Butler County Jail. The assault occurred off-campus in Oxford on Feb. 11. The victim, who was visiting Oxford, reported the assault the next day. A heavily redacted incident report, obtained by the Miami Student on Feb. 12, offered a very brief narrative of the assault: “A female individual reported from the hospital that she was sexually assaulted by three males in a local apartment,” the report said. A search warrant had been executed...

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Arraignment held for Oxford rape case

WARNING: This article contains disturbing content involving sexual violence. Three men arrested on charges of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping for the February assault of a 19-year-old female in Oxford were arraigned today. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, and Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, face a combined 72 charges. They are currently being held at the Butler County Jail. Their bonds were set at Monday’s 1 p.m. hearing, said Butler County prosecutor Michael Gmoser — Gibson’s and Mincy’s at $250,000 and Simpson’s at $300,000. A statement released Monday by Oxford police reveals details about...

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Wright State student seriously injured at Oxford party

Spinal injury caused loss of feeling for WSU basketball player   First-year Wright State University student Ryan Custer was seriously injured at a party at 305 S. Main Street on Saturday afternoon, April 8. Custer was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery that night. Custer, a basketball player at WSU, was falling or diving into a shallow makeshift pool made from a blue tarp and hay bales. According to Oxford Fire Chief John Detherage, Custer collided with another person’s knee when he slid into the pool, causing the injury. Bystanders said Custer was...

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