Emily Williams

Student suspended for sexual assault suing Miami

Miami temporarily prohibited from disciplining student, court says A student suspended for violating Miami’s Sexual Misconduct Policy has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming 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, referred to by the alias “John Nokes” in the lawsuit, says the sexual encounter was consensual. In a court decision on Friday, the student was granted a motion for preliminary injunction, which prohibits the university from imposing “disciplinary sanctions” on Nokes. In effect, this decision would allow the defendant to attend the university until a decision is reached. Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for Miami University, said she could not confirm whether or not Nokes is attending Miami this semester, citing the court’s order that the university not discuss the student or release the individual’s name. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred the evening of November 17, 2016. About five months later, a female student, referred to as “Jane Roe” in the lawsuit, reported to the university that Nokes had assaulted her. According to the lawsuit, she told the university, “I have witnesses that can confirm that his intent was to have sex with...

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Miami student who crashed car found with $30K of marijuana

Early Wednesday morning, a Miami student’s car crash on the drive back to Oxford ended in his arrest. Though the student wasn’t injured, Preble County officers who responded to the crash found he had about $30,000 worth of marijuana in his car. Paul A. McCabe, 20, was driving to Oxford when he fell asleep at the wheel, he told deputies. His car drifted off the road and rolled over off U.S. Route 27 just south of Eaton, OH, according to an incident report from the Preble County Sheriff’s office. When deputies responded to the non-injury crash at 5:11 a.m., they...

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Vinny of ‘Jersey Shore’ to speak at Mental Health Forum

“Jersey Shore” star Vincent “Vinny” Guadagnino will speak at Miami’s second annual Mental Health Forum. The event will be held at Hall Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Though Guadagnino is best known for his stint on the MTV reality show, he also wrote a book, published in 2012, about his struggles with anxiety, “Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool.” The 29-year-old has also been a spokesman for MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign against bullying. The event is co-sponsored by Associated Student Government (ASG), Student Counseling Services...

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Pi Phi closes Miami chapter: Sorority was ‘plagued with violations,’ nationals say

Miami’s Pi Beta Phi chapter has been shut down, according to a press release Monday from the organization. Known as “Pi Phi” to Miami students, the Miami chapter was “plagued with violations and a lack of commitment from chapter members,” according to Pi Beta Phi nationals. “It is unfortunate that over these years of intense support, Ohio Zeta [Miami University] members continued to prioritize the social aspect of fraternity and sorority life over the core values of Pi Beta Phi,” the release stated. Miami’s chapter was founded in 1945 and initiated over 2,000 women over the past seven decades. Though a Greek organization for women, the organization is referred to as a fraternity since it was established before the term “sorority” was used. “We hold all of our chapters to the same values and expectations, and we will not tolerate or sustain chapters that do not meet expectations,” said national Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd in a press release from the organization. “We understand Miami University and its students are working to affect change on campus and improve the fraternity and sorority experience for students. However, the Pi Beta Phi chapter has not been able to sustain change and deliver the premier membership experience Pi Phi promises. It is never easy to close a chapter, especially one that has been on Pi Phi’s chapter roll call for more...

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Plea hearings for rape suspects delayed again

Three men suspected of raping a 19-year-old female at a Level 27 apartment in February were scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing yesterday, but hearings for all three men have been rescheduled. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 21, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 23, and Elijah Lee Mincy, 21, face a combined 72 charges including rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. They are currently being held at the Butler County Jail. Plea hearings for Mincy and Simpson were originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 31 but were rescheduled for this week. Gibson’s hearing was already set for Aug. 8. Now all three are set to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. The 19-year-old female who was assaulted is not a Miami student, Oxford Police said, and was visiting friends in Oxford on Saturday, Feb. 11. She was at a party with her friends when they were separated and she was “lured to another apartment by the three males” where they all assaulted her, according to a statement from Oxford police chief John Jones. According to police records, Gibson’s residence is the apartment where the reported assault occurred. Gibson and Mincy’s bonds are set at $250,000 and Simpson’s at $300,000. On July 28, Mincy’s attorney, Michele Temmel, filed a motion to reduce Mincy’s bond. The motion was denied. Mincy had no prior criminal convictions,...

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