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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.

UTEP receives commitment from former Oregon guard

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With starting guard C.J. Cooper being one of four seniors to move on at the end of the 2014-15 season, UTEP was in search of another player capable of playing the point next season. Head coach Tim Floyd has found a player capable of doing so, as it was reported Saturday night by the El Paso Times and ESPN.com that former Oregon guard Dominic Artis will be a Miner.

Artis, who attended Diablo Valley CC in California this past academic year but did not play basketball, played two seasons for Dana Altman before he and two other players were dismissed from the Oregon program last spring. Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin were named in a sexual assault investigation but were not charged. Like Artis, Dotson will resume his playing career in Texas as he committed to Houston earlier this spring.

Austin, who played for NJCAA Division I national champion Northwest Florida State last season, has yet to pick a college.

In two seasons at Oregon Artis averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 assists in 20.5 minutes per game, shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Artis’ freshman season was interrupted by a foot injury, and a nine-game suspension for a violation of NCAA rules didn’t help matters at the start of the 2013-14 season.

He joins a UTEP perimeter that needs to account for the loss of their top two assist men in Cooper and Julian Washburn, with another junior college guard in Lee Moore joining the program as well. Omega Harris, who averaged six points per game as a freshman in 2014-15, is the team’s most productive perimeter returnee.

Artis, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, is the fifth addition to the UTEP program. In addition to Artis and Moore, the Miners will also add freshman forwards Josh McSwiggan, Paul Thomas and Christian Romine.

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.