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Three Oregon players tied to rape case dismissed from school

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson were cut loose from the Oregon basketball team in early May, but it was Monday night when the Associated Press reported all three would be banned from attending the university as students for at least the next four years and for as long as the next 10 years.

The suspensions stem from rape allegations that occured on March 9. The case was later dropped on account of a lack of evidence, and the players involved claimed the sex acts were consensual. The alleged victim in the case wrote a public letter to school administrators earlier this month, admonishing their process and handilng of the alleged multiple incidents.

The banning came after a judicial board hearing on Oregon's campus that was finalized Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The board decided Dotson, Austin and Artis violated the student code of conduct. The length of eligibility cessation for the three students at Oregon will last at least as long as the alleged victim is a student there, or for as many as 10 years.

"We're not surprised at the university's action, even though a wealth of evidence supporting consensual conduct was presented," Artis' lawyer, Greg Veralrud, told the Oregonian. "Some weeks back, the university's president, without hearing or effort to impartially review facts first, dismissed the students from the team, all but declaring them guilty. While perhaps providing some cover from the broad attacks on the university's handling of the initial complaint, those statements surely dictated today's action. It's unrealistic to expect that the subordinates responsible for both alleging and determining a conduct violation would act to contradict those declarations no matter how strong the evidence showing consent. Even the many who are offended by the nature of the sexual activity should agree that the consent issue is separate and should be reviewed fairly and impartially. That could not happen in this setting."

Austin was not able to play this past season due to a transfer from Providence, where he was also under investigation for participation in an alleged sex crime. But Dotson and Artis remained active and played out the rest of Oregon's season after the alleged incidents occured. Oregon officials have said they delayed action on request from local police, who were sorting out the investigation amid the team's run to and through the NCAA Tournament.

 
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