UO settles suit over alleged basketball rape

Woman will get $800,000 plus 4 years tuition, university will change policies

Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The University of Oregon settled a lawsuit filed by an undergraduate who alleged that three Ducks basketball players sexually assaulted her.

The three were kicked off the team and barred from the campus, but prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The alleged rape happened during the 2014 season.

The woman sued in federal court in January 2015, saying coach Dana Altman knew when he recruited one of the players that he had been suspended from Providence College in Rhode Island because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a statement released Tuesday, new UO President Michael Schill acknowledged the litigation “has fueled mistrust and divided our community.”

“The underlying incident that gave rise to the litigation is an affront to each and every one of us. As president I will not tolerate the victimization of any member of our community. Period,” Schill wrote.

In the settlement, the woman – known as Jane Doe throughout the case — will receive $800,000 plus tuition for 4 years and the University will institute policy changes regarding how they assesses transfer students.

“I want to be very clear about what this settlement means and what it does not mean,” Schill said in the statement. “I do not believe any of our coaches, administrators, or other university personnel acted wrongfully, nor do I believe that any one of them failed to live up to the high moral standards that we value and that they embody in their work every day. I do believe that we can no longer afford to debate the incident and must instead move forward and implement a comprehensive set of policies to ensure that all of our students will feel secure in the knowledge that they will be free from sexual violence and feel confident should allegations of misconduct be brought forth they will be dealt with fairly, effectively, and expeditiously.”

In a statement released by her lawyer John Clune, Jane Doe said:

“I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies. I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations. The response from the UO community has been remarkable and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us. I would be remiss to not specifically thank the Dean of Students Office and my therapist from the UCTC and other UCTC personnel for their continued assistance throughout this experience. Without those services, it would have been very difficult to stay in school here during these events and for that I am very grateful.”

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