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Student who accused Oregon players of sexual assault settles lawsuit for $800,000

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The female student who accused three Oregon basketball players of rape settled her lawsuit on Tuesday afternoon.

The lawsuit was settled for $800,000, free tuition and policy changes to how the university treats transfer applications from those with disciplinary history, according to the woman’s attorney. Brandon Austin, one of the three players involved in the alleged incident, was accused of sexual assault at Providence in 2013. The lawsuit claimed that Oregon head coach Dana Altman, as well as other Oregon officials, knew of the prior accusations against Austin, who transferred to Oregon in January 2014.

“I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies,” the woman said in a statement released by her attorney to NBCSports.com. “I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations. The response from the UO community has been remarkable and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us. I would be remiss to not specifically thank the Dean of Students Office and my therapist from the UCTC and other UCTC personnel for their continued assistance throughout this experience. Without those services, it would have been very difficult to stay in school here during these events and for that I am very grateful.”

The lawsuit from March 2014, accused Oregon basketball players Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Austin of sexual assault. While no charges were ever filed due to lack of evidence, all three were dismissed from the team on May 9, 2014. Dotson signed with Houston in April. Artis committed to UTEP in May. Austin, who has yet to play a Division I game, played last season at Northwest Florida State.

The accuser had voluntarily dismissed Altman from the lawsuit on August 1.

Ex-Oregon Duck Damyean Dotson expected to sign with Houston

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Damyean Dotson, one of the three former Oregon players that were dismissed from school after being accused of sexual assault, is expected to sign a letter of intent with Houston today.

“A lot of people don’t get a second chance,” Dotson told the Chronicle. “They say one chance comes in a lifetime. To have a second chance, I can’t mess this up.”

Dotson, along with ex-teammates Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis, were accused of sexually assaulting a female Oregon student in March of 2014. All three players involved said that the sex was consensual, and while no charges against the three held — Dotson was the only one of the three to actually get charged, but it was eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence — they were kicked out of school and banned from the Oregon campus for four years.

Dotson, a Houston native, returned home after he left Oregon, attending Houston Community College without playing basketball. He worked with John Lucas, according to the Chronicle, a former NBA player and drug addict that works with athletes that have drug, legal and emotional issues.

Dotson averaged 9.4 points as a sophomore and 11.2 points as a freshman for the Ducks. He should be eligible immediately at Houston and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Austin, who has twice been accused of sexual assault, played this past season at Northwest Florida State, a JuCo powerhouse. Artis spent the past year at Diablo Valley Community College, near where he’s from in the Bay Area in California. He practiced with the team, although he didn’t play in any games.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman: ‘We have had a bad year and we do have to address that’

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For Oregon head coach Dana Altman, four 20-plus win seasons and two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament have been overshadowed by the growing list of off-the-court issues involving members of his basketball team.

In the spring, three players — Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin — were all accused of sexual assault by a female student. While no charges were filed, all three were dismissed from school and are barred from campus for the next four years. Austin, who transferred midway through last year, had a been accused of sexual assault at his previous school, Providence.

Sine late July, Ray Kasongo and JaQuan Lyle, two Oregon commits, failed to enroll into school. Just this past week, Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit, two of the three returning scholarship players, were cited for shoplifting.

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On Thursday, after months of turmoil within his program, Altman spoke to reporters.

“We have had a bad year, and we do have to address that,” Altman said, via Austin Meek, columnist for the Register-Guard.

According to Meek, Altman has altered the team’s living arrangements. The Ducks are required to live across from the Matthew Knight Arena, in the same apartment complex as the graduate assistants. Whether or not those changes occurred after the Oct. 5 shoplifting incident was not stated.

With only nine scholarship players — just one standing taller than 6-foot-7 — the Ducks are in for an uphill battle in 2014-2015. It’s something Altman, who has exceeded on-the-floor expectations before at Oregon, will have to do again in Year 4, as he needs to also restore the image of the program in the process.

Oregon begins the season on Nov. 14 against Coppin State.