An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest five years ago is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.Full Story >
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Thursday, May 23 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:07:35 GMT
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'. Sometime in the future, I will reveal all the members ofFull Story >
So just what is a tornado cave? The idea of a tornado cave goes back to the 1880s, and the first member of my list of severe storm 'rock stars'.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:48:39 GMT
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG. The young men from Troop 1 in Florence, along with members of the local American Legion, lined the entranceFull Story >
In preparation of Memorial Day, a group of boy scouts spent Wednesday evening putting flags at CVG.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Xavier University is coming under fire for its handling of a sexual assault case involving a university student.
According to documents obtained by FOX19 from the father of the alleged victim, Xavier Alumnus K. Burgio and her family have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's office of Civil Rights.
A Xavier spokesperson confirmed they did receive notice from the Department of Education that a complaint had been filed.
The alleged incident occurred the spring 2009 semester just a short time after the alleged perpetrator, Sean Marron, had been found in violation of the university's policies in regards to a separate sexual misconduct case. While the student was suspended for the fall semester he was allowed to remain on campus to complete his spring coursework.
When he returned in January of 2010 the family alleged Marron engaged in "stalking behavior" which prompted Burgio to report the behavior as well as the original sexual assault which the family says lead to criminal charges being filed following an investigation by Norwood Police.
The Burgio family states they waited to submit the complaint until the criminal trial against the alleged perpetrator was completed in the fall of 2011 "for fear that submitting a complaint prior to the trial's end might compromise Xavier's testimony".
Curtis Kissinger was Marron's criminal lawyer. According to Kissinger, Marron was acquitted on all four charges and is now enrolled in school in Cleveland.
Since the complaint was filed, Xavier's Dean of Students Luther Smith has been moved into a new position at the university working with the Provost on special projects. That moved took place last Friday according to university officials. The spokesperson for Xavier declined to comment further saying it was a personnel matter. The university did confirm, however, that Smith's superior Kathleen Simons was placed on leave. Simons held the title of Associate Provost for Student Life and Leadership at the university.
In the complaint, the student and her parents Louis and Kathryn Burgio state they believe the administration "responded to [their] daughter's situation inadequately from beginning to end, and in doing so violated Title IX, the Clery Act and their own university handbook."
The complaint goes on to make the following arguments:
Xavier inappropriately negotiated on behalf of the accused and shifted responsibility to the victim
Xavier failed to provide mandated information to the victim
Xavier failed to adhere to its timeline for misconduct hearing to the benefits of the accused and detriment of the victim
Xavier failed to enforce hearing rules equally and violated basic due process rights of the victim
Xavier violated its sanctioning policy to benefit the perpetrator
Xavier failed to provide necessary accommodations to address the effects of this incident on the victim.
Xavier officials provided the following statement to FOX19 regarding the allegations:
Xavier University has and will always take the care, health and safety of our students very seriously including preventing sexual harassment (including sexual assault and other sexual misconduct), assisting victims of sexual harassment and investigating allegations of sexual harassment.The University has sanctioned students found responsible for such offenses. The University's leadership is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus and continues to refine its policies and their implementation.
According to the university, an ad hoc committee reviewed the Xavier Student Handbook in 2010 with respect to sexual harassment, and developed a set of relevant definitions and benchmark sanctions to be used when there is a finding of responsibility. These changes were incorporated into the Student Handbook in August 2010.
A spokesperson for the university says the university also has an advocate program that has been in place since 2003 for victims of sexual assault. In 2006 the Harassment Code and Accountability Procedures were instituted.
There is also a Xavier Students Against Sexual Assault group formed on campus in the summer of 2008. School officials say all students are also required to attend a workshop on the "hook-up" culture. The workshop is offered to first year students as "a dose of reality about casual sexual relations and invite them into a conversation about discerning what they really desire in regard to sexuality and relationships during college."
Finally, Xavier officials say they have also improved their wellness program which they say is "aimed at changing students' knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions regarding alcohol and other drug consumption, which often play a role in incidents of sexual harassment."
Louis Burgio says they sent an email to all Xavier administrators including the incoming Provost to express their frustration prior to filing the complaint. Burgio says they received a "nothing" response from the Chair, and never heard a word from a single administrator.
Louis says they have no desire to sue Xavier. Instead, they want "institutional change."
"Too many women have been hurt and worst of all they hurt my little girl," Burgio said. "And I don't allow that."
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetFull Story >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:47:42 GMT
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lee Moore, 43,Full Story >
A Cincinnati man who previously admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin was sentenced to 162 months in federal prison.Full Story >