University of Oregon basketball rape investigation

Did University of Oregon officials properly handle the investigation of three men's basketball players accused of sexual assault?

2014-01-06 18:10:50

APR POINTS AWARD (Eligibility)

Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and rest of roster earn team APR points for returning to campus academically eligible to play.

2014-01-06 18:10:50

Winter term begins

First day of classes, January 6th

2014-01-09 18:10:50

Brandon Austin transfers to Oregon

Brandon Austin transfers from Providence College to University of Oregon. "Austin opted to leave the program after being suspended for what was termed "not upholding … responsibilities as (a) student-athlete." Coach Dana Altman said he consulted with Providence coaches before accepting Austin as a transfer, and they alleviated any character concerns.

2014-01-09 18:10:50

ADDING UP APR CONTRIBUTIONS

Under NCAA rules, transfers like Austin can limit Ducks' total available score; onus on other players to maximize contributions.

2014-02-03 18:10:50

APR POINTS AWARD (Retention)

Players earn retention points for staying in school through at least the 5th week of classes.

2014-02-13 14:32:33

UO Senate looks at grade fixing

University Senate establishes ad hoc “Student Athlete Success Working Group,” prompted by findings of widespread grade fixing and other forms of academic corruption to support “Special Admins" players

2014-03-08 18:10:50

Ducks upset No. 3 Arizona

Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-12), who greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.

2014-03-08 23:45:00

Date of alleged rapes

A U of O student claims three Oregon men's basketball players - Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin - raped her off-campus, at a house party, then at an apartment shared by Artis and Dotson.

2014-03-09 19:00:00

Father reports rapes to UOPD

The alleged victim tells her father, who contacts University of Oregon Police.

2014-03-09 21:00:00

Athletic Dept. notified of incident

Because the incident involves players, Athletic Dept. is informed of father's report along with Office of Dean of Students.

2014-03-09 23:00:00

UO begins inquiry "immediately"

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.

2014-03-13 10:00:00

Student reports rapes to EPD

Alleged victim contacts Eugene Police Department, turns over a written account of the incident, agrees to speak to a detective.

2014-03-13 18:10:50

University "out of step" with federal law

Memo from VP of Student Affairs indicates UO's policies regarding sexual violence holds cases to a prohibitively high standard of evidence.

2014-03-16 21:14:37

Ducks get at-large bid to NCAA tournament

2014-03-17 02:00:00

FINALS WEEK BEGINS

Winter finals, March 17th - 21st

2014-03-17 09:00:00

DUCKS APR BELOW STANDARD

Associated Press: UO among eight teams that made the 2014 men's bracket which "fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate."

2014-03-17 22:00:00

School inquiry on hold

UO suspends administrative action, sends accused players to NCAA tournament "to protect the integrity" of Eugene police investigation.

2014-03-18 18:00:00

FINALS AT FINAL FOUR

Players taking tests will have "assistance from former UO football player Chris Young, an academic advisor for the UO's services for student-athletes."

2014-03-18 18:00:00

Travel day: UO seeks police OK

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.

2014-03-21 18:00:00

School inquiry still on hold

UOPD contacts EPD to request an update, confirming that fact gathering was ongoing.

2014-03-21 18:00:00

DUCKS HITTING THE BOOKS

"...report seemed to raise a red flag about basketball APR, it instead should prove to be a false alarm."

2014-03-26 00:00:00

School inquiry still on hold

UO General Counsel contacts EPD to request an update, confirming that fact gathering was ongoing.

2014-03-26 00:00:00

SPRING ELIGIBILITY REVIEW

Winter grades posted; in the past, it's a "fast turnaround" for Athletic Dept. to certify players' academic status, especially for borderline students

2014-03-31 00:00:00

APR POINTS AWARD (Eligibility)

Dotson, Artis, and rest of roster return to campus in good standing, academically eligible to play

2014-03-31 00:00:00

Spring term begins

First day of classes, March 31st

2014-04-08 00:00:00

School waits on police report

UO begins gathering facts "immediately," after EPD informs administrators that the case has been forwarded to Lane County DA. But school inquiry seems to stall again over release of EPD report.

2014-04-08 00:00:00

Federal 'clock' is ticking on UO response

Was the university taking too long to investigate the student's complaint? The school later indicates it knew what would and wouldn't be acceptable to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. "OCR reports a typical university investigation takes approximately 60 calendar days following the receipt of a complaint. The UO took action well within the typical timeframe for such investigations." The school took action against the players 52 days (April 30) after receiving the initial complaint (March 9).

2014-04-14 00:00:00

EPD to UO: police report becomes available

EPD detective told the UO they could get report from EPD Records or DA. Email from Public Information Direction Melinda McLaughlin indicates the report was released to UOPD by EPD Records that same day.

2014-04-14 21:48:22

DA won't pursue charges

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner said there isn’t enough evidence to file charges and that the victim gave conflicting statements. But the DA also said that there is “no doubt the incidents occurred.”

2014-04-15 08:39:52

UO's latest 'Dashboard' includes new APR data

The UO released more than 300 pages of documents and emails in response to public records requests after the case went public. Almost all were completely redacted; about a half-dozen were not, including an email April 15th with a link to the school’s updated NCAA Financial Dashboard. This data-tool, for internal use only, includes the most up to date APR average for the Ducks, and allows administrators and coaches to compare UO’s stats to other schools.

2014-04-22 08:24:00

UO still waiting on EPD report

UO makes request for police report from the Lane County DA.

2014-04-23 08:24:00

UO still waiting on EPD report

UO follows up on request for police report with Lane County DA.

2014-04-24 07:16:30

UO accepts delivery of EPD report

UO receives 24-page redacted police report from the Lane County DA

2014-04-25 07:16:30

Report undergoes mystery 'legal review'

The school spends three days conducting a legal review of the 24 page report. There's no indication why the review was necessary, who conducted it, or the findings

2014-04-28 00:00:00

APR POINTS AWARD (Retention)

Players earn retention points for staying in school through at least the 5th week of classes.

2014-04-28 00:00:00

Gottfredson is briefed on police report.

President Gottfredson is briefed on police report.

2014-04-29 00:00:00

Athletic Dept. gets report

Athletic Director Rob Mullens reviews the report but takes no immediate action.

2014-04-29 00:00:00

Gottfredson removes IAC oversight

UO president dissolves Facaulty Senate's Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, announcing his "intention to create a new, interim committee to oversee the university’s athletic department."

2014-04-30 00:00:00

Ducks coach gets EPD report

Dana Altman reviews the police report, Oreginian reports he tells players that night that they are being cut from team.

2014-05-02 00:00:00

Players suspended from team

Artis, Austin and Dotson are suspended from the basketball team, and will no longer be participating in basketball at the University of Oregon.

2014-05-14 02:39:52

MEN'S BASKETBALL BUMP HIGHLIGHTS NEW APR DATA

"Next year’s scores will no longer include the 912, and while they will reflect the departure of Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis, UO officials expect the team’s APR to remain on its current trajectory."

2014-05-15 00:00:00

COACH ALTMAN, AD MULLENS, EARN BIG APR BONUSES

The "APR Bump" predictions may be money in the bank this time next year for coaches and the AD. Their contracts all include cash bonuses tied to high APR scores, in some cases more than what they'd get paid for their first NCAA tournament win. After last year's numbers came out in May, a KATU public records request turned up the pay outs given to Coach Altman ($20k) and his staff. Athletic Director Rob Mullens earned the most ($40k) for bringing up the school-wide average score.

2014-06-23 00:00:00

Players suspended as students

The University of Oregon says three former basketball players have been suspended as students for a minimum of four years, and up to 10 years, as a result of rape allegations involving a freshman student. According to UO spokesperson Julie Brown, "... each young man had previously been given their full release and permission to contact any school."

2014-06-23 00:00:00

Summer term begins

First day of classes, June 23rd

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