A female student has filed a Title IX lawsuit against University of Oregon men’s basketball coach Dana Altman in relation to an alleged sexual assault involving three players last March. The lawsuit alleges Altman knew about sexual misconduct of one of the players at a previous institution but continued to recruit him to the University of Oregon.
Via USA Today:
Filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oregon, the lawsuit alleges that Altman knew of sexual misconduct by one of the players at his previous university yet still recruited him to Oregon. It also alleges that UO’s delayed response created a hostile environment for the female student.
“The university disagrees with the allegations against it and believes that it acted in accordance with the law, including Title IX,” said UO interim president Scott Coltrane in a letter to the campus community. “This litigation in no way undermines the university’s on-going commitment to support the student inside and outside of the classroom.”
Oregon’s director of student conduct in June found Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis responsible of sexual misconduct and suspended them from the university for 4-10 years. They were kicked off the team in April.
Although the players were kicked off the team, the DA announced he would not press charges on the three men due to an insufficient amount of evidence.