University of Oregon settles rape lawsuit against basketball players

Thu Aug 6, 2015 4:33pm EDT
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By Shelby Sebens

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The University of Oregon has settled a lawsuit filed by a student who said she was raped by three players on the school's basketball team, lawyers and university officials said on Thursday. 

The woman, still a student at the university, settled this week for $800,000 as well as four years' paid tuition and a promise of changes in how the school assesses transfer students, a spokeswoman for the plaintiff's attorney said.

Attorneys representing the woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in court documents, declined to comment further.

"Our university has been involved in litigation that has fueled mistrust and divided our community," university President Michael Schill said in a statement on the agreement reached on Tuesday.

"In approving this settlement, it is my hope that we focus our attention and considerable expertise on making our campus one on which all students will feel secure in the knowledge that they will be free from sexual violence," Schill said.

The woman filed the lawsuit in January in U.S. federal court in Eugene, where the university is located.

"I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies," the woman who settled the case said in a statement provided by her attorney.

Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin were suspended amid a police investigation of accusations that they sexually assaulted a female student on March 8, 2014, at an off-campus party.   Continued...