University of Oregon Suspended Student Athletes, Accused of Gang Rape, After March Madness
The University of Oregon suspended three of its student basketball players, who were found guilty by the school of sexual misconduct, but waited to announce that suspension until after the NCAA's March Madness tournament.
John Clune, the lawyer of the alleged victim said that the three students - Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis - were banned from the University of Oregon campus for as long as the alleged victim attends the school.
The alleged gang rape happened on the evening of March 8 and in the early evening hours of March 9, the weekend before March Madness.
The Huffington Post reported last month:
The university community did not learn of this incident until May, when the Eugene police released the report to The Oregonian. UO subsequently acknowledged that it first received a report about the alleged incident on March 9, a few days before the NCAA basketball tournament began. The school says it learned police were investigating Artis, Dotson and Austin on March 19.
On March 9, the reported victim's father notified the University of Oregon Police Department of the alleged gang rape. The university says it attempted to contact the survivor, but she did not return calls. The UOPD did not create a log of the report.
Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner decided not to press criminal charges against Austin, Dotson or Artis due to “insufficient evidence” on April 14. The students were not suspended until May 1.
“As in all cases of sexual misconduct, we provide information to the complainant and the accused about the results of our administrative proceedings,” Julie Brown, a spokesperson for the University of Oregon, told Campus Reform. “It appears that the information released by Mr. Clune is accurate. As has been said before, each young man had previously been given their full release and permission to contact any school.”
The victim, a freshman, claims that she was sexually assaulted by Artis, Austin, and Dotson at a party and, later, at an apartment.
“I thought, maybe this is just what happens in college... just college fun,” the alleged victim told police. “I think I gave up. I let them do whatever they wanted. I just wanted it to be over and to go to sleep."
The alleged victim recently wrote a letter to the Daily Emerald, the school's student newspaper, that stated in part:
I am angry with the culture that appears to exist in our athletic department that prioritizes winning over safety of our students.