The University of Oregon has found Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson responsible for sexual misconduct and all three players will be removed from campus for up to 10 years, according to a report from The Huffington Post.
Artis, Austin and Dotson were accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate overnight from March 8 to 9 at multiple off-campus locations, but Eugene, Oregon prosecutors declined to pursue the case because there was insufficient evidence to “prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The three players were already dismissed from the men’s basketball team as of May 9th.
The victim’s lawyer, John Clune, spoke with The Huffington Post on Monday and told them that the trio was found responsible for sexual misconduct and suspended for a minimum of four years, “or longer if my client is still on campus after four years.” The maximum time for the suspension is 10 years.
Oregon and men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman faced a heavy amount of criticism for its handling of the incident, as Artis and Dotson were allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament even after the school had learned of the incident. Austin was redshirting after transferring from Providence midway through the 2013-14 season, but he was also investigated for a sexual assault at Providence, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
While all three players were never going to play basketball at Oregon again, this ruling from the University does give a little bit of closure to the incident from the school’s standpoint.
The alleged victim wrote a letter to the Oregon school community in June to explain her feelings on the case.