Oregon releases timeline of school action amid rape investigation
The school has been subject to a lot of criticism and on-campus protests for how it went about reacting and penalizing players. A clearer explanation has been released.
The closed investigation into an allegation of rape against three former Oregon players has brought about protests on campus and national criticism toward the school's athletic department for how it handled the situation.
A lot of the issues with who in power knew what and when have come with skepticism. If you haven't yet, read our Gary Parrish on all that was wrong with the reasonings offered by Ducks coach Dana Altman at his explanatory press conference last Friday.
With all the disparagement against the school, Oregon on Tuesday released a timeline of the events. The account below is the school's latest explanation for why the players named in the explicit police report continued to play in games despite an ongoing investigation.
And as a reminder, Altman's said he did not know of -- nor did he seek to find -- the nature of the case or who was involved in it on his team when he first learned of an investigation.
"This timeline does not provide specifics on any outreach and services provided, out of respect for student privacy and the need to maintain confidentiality around many specifics," the school states.
According to Oregon, the school president learned of who was involved in the case eight days after the alleged incidents in the police report happened. And per Oregon, Eugene Police asked the school not to discipline players at that time out of consideration for the ongoing investigation. Because of that, school president Michael Gottfredson witheld the names from Oregon's athletic director and Altman.
Per this timeline, it is unclear when Altman truly first learned who was involved in the alleged matter. What we do know: The timeline -- and Altlman last week -- reveals Altman did not know the full details of the case until April 30, when he read the police report. This came 16 days after it was determined charges would not be filed in the case.
Oregon made its request eight days after the District Attorney dropped the case.
Here is the timeline, word-for-word, from Oregon.
March 8/9: Alleged sexual assault incident involving three members of the men’s basketball team occurs at parties at two off-campus locations. (Information from EPD investigation report)
March 9: Survivor tells her father of the incident; father contacts UOPD. UOPD attempts to contact survivor twice; she does not return calls. (Information from EPD investigation report) University immediately implements policies and procedures used whenever anyone reports sexual violence. In every case these processes would include support and services for survivors and a code of conduct investigation.
March 11: Survivor prepares her own description of the incident, which she does not share with police until March 14. (Information from EPD investigation report)
March 13 - 14: Survivor contacts Eugene Police Department. Officer interviews survivor on campus. She tells the officer she wants to report the information in her own time. A detective contacts and interviews her on March 14, asks her to record phone conversations with suspects. She agrees. (Information from EPD investigation report)
March 17: Eugene Police detective contacts survivor, who confirms that she recorded phone calls with two suspects. The survivor delivers the recordings to Eugene Police. (Information from EPD investigation report)
March 17: UO asks Eugene police specifically if any players should be kept back from the NCAA Tournament, or if contingency plans should be made to return them to campus. EPD advises the university to do nothing to alert the players to the investigation, to do what they normally would do regarding who plays and who doesn’t. EPD declines to reveal the names of any players.
March 18: UO contacts Eugene police again to ask if the players should travel to the tournament. EPD again advises the university not to alter their plans.
March 19: President Gottfredson learns the names of the student-athletes being investigated. The president maintains the confidentiality of this information to protect the integrity of the criminal investigation.
March 20 – April 3: Eugene Police investigation continues.
March 21: UOPD calls EPD to request an update and receives no information.
March 26: UO General Counsel calls EPD to request an update and receives no information.
April 3: EPD investigator interviews two suspects and arranges to interview a third suspect, who asks to speak with an attorney. (Information from EPD investigation report)
April 7: UO calls EPD to request an update and learns that the investigation is not yet complete.
April 7: EPD investigator contacted by player’s attorney. Attorney provides short synopsis of his version of events, which is similar to those provided by the two other players. (Information from EPD investigation report)
April 8: EPD investigation is complete and the report is sent to Lane County District Attorney. (Information from EPD investigation report)
April 8: EPD informs the UO that it is suspending fact gathering. UO immediately begins its fact gathering. UO requests the police report from EPD. Police say the report is not going to be released because it has not yet been redacted and attorneys must review the report.
April 14: Lane County District Attorney notifies EPD that they will not file criminal charges. (Information from Eugene Police)
April 22: UO makes request for police report from the Lane County DA.
April 23: UO follows up on request for police report with Lane County DA.
April 24: UO receives 24-page redacted police report from the Lane County DA.
April 25-28: UO conducts internal legal review of the police report.
April 28: President Gottfredson is briefed on police report.
April 29: Athletic Director Rob Mullens reviews the police report.
April 30: Dana Altman reviews the police report.
May 1: Three student-athletes are suspended from the basketball team, and will no longer be participating in basketball at the University of Oregon.
(H/T, CBT on NBC)
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