Univ. of Oregon Settles Title IX Lawsuit

Female student alleges UO was too slow in responding to her sexual assault complaint.

A female student who says she was sexually assaulted by three men’s basketball team members has settled with the University of Oregon (UO) for $800,000. OU will also pay her tuition, room and board at the university, and has agreed to change how it treats applicants that transfer from other schools who have a history of disciplinary problems.

The woman had filed a Title IX lawsuit against UO and men’s basketball coach Dana Altman. She claimed that the school was too slow in responding to her allegations that she had been sexually assaulted.

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She also originally alleged that the coach was aware that one of the players had engaged in sexual misconduct at a previous school but recruited him anyway.  Last week, however, the claims against Altman were dropped, reports USA Today.

Last year, all three players—Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis – were found responsible for sexual misconduct by OU but were not charged for any crime. They were suspended for as many as 10 years and kicked off the team. Since then, all three have transferred to other schools.

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