Former coach sues for firing over paternity leave

A strength and conditioning coach formerly employed by Miami is taking the university to court, alleging he was wrongfully fired after taking paternity leave protected under federal law. Head Miami football coach Chuck Martin, athletic director David Sayler and associate athletic director Steve Brockelbank are all named as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff in the case is Paul Harker, whose most recent title at Miami was Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Athletic Performance Center. He worked in Miami’s athletic department alongside the RedHawks football team from February 2011 until Miami terminated his contract in June 2017....

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Miami names Marc Rubin dean of Farmer School

Accountancy professor Marc Rubin has been named dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. Rubin has served as interim dean of the Farmer School since July of last year. Rubin was appointed interim dean after former dean Matthew Myers left Miami to serve as dean of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A Miami graduate himself, Rubin received his bachelor of science in accounting in 1975. During his time at the university, Rubin met his Miami merger wife, served as a resident assistant in Symmes Hall and studied under the late accountancy...

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‘Safe Ride’ driver Jackson indicted on rape, sexual battery charges

Oxford ‘Safe Ride’ driver Sherman Jackson II was arraigned Tuesday in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas on three counts of felony rape and three counts of sexual battery. The formal indictment comes after Sherman, 37, allegedly assaulted two female Miami University students over a two-night period from the early morning of Dec. 8 to the morning of Dec. 9. During the indictment proceedings, Jackson was represented by Christopher Pagan and Sarah Nelson, attorneys for the Middletown firm Repper-Pagan law.  Documents filed by the Oxford Police Department describe Sherman picking the women up in his cab — a 2001 Chevy Suburban — and, in both cases, refusing to take them to their stated destinations before sexually assaulting them. The report of the first assault was initiated after one of the students called 911 from Jackson’s Safe Ride cab. Over a series of three calls to police on Friday, Dec. 8, from 12:36 a.m. to about 12:50 a.m., the first woman asked the dispatcher for help and repeatedly asked her assailant: “Please, let me out.” After OPD impounded his vehicle on Dec. 9, Jackson voluntarily accompanied officers to the Oxford Police Station. There, he admitted to assaulting both women as well as realizing they were both visibly drunk, according to court documents. Jackson was initially charged with two counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping in the Butler...

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Oxford ‘Safe Ride’ driver arrested on rape, kidnapping charges

Oxford Police arrested local taxi driver Sherman Jackson II Saturday on rape and kidnapping charges. The arrest came after two 21-year-old female Miami University students filed two separate sexual assault reports against the driver on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9, according to a news release from the Oxford Police. Both students allege Sherman assaulted them in his vehicle. Other Miami students have interacted with Sherman and his business before, and some have reported experiences that made them uncomfortable. “I’ve taken a ride with [Jackson] about two to three times before,” sophomore Spencer Ruebel said. “I was never...

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