Oregon Athletes Accused of Sexual Assault Suspended for Up to 10 Years

June 24, 2014

Three former University of Oregon men's basketball players accused of sexually assaulting a female student will be suspended from the campus for as long as the alleged victim remains enrolled at the university, The Oregonian reported. The suspension could last between 4 and 10 years.

The alleged assault occurred on March 9, and the players were dismissed from the team in late April. The county district attorney's office did not charge any of the suspects due to insufficient evidence.

"My client is very relieved to get the news," John Clune, the attorney for the victim, told Inside Higher Ed. "It is the right result and it would have been very hard to stay at the UO if it came out another way."

News of the suspension comes as several universities grapple with how to appropriately punish students accused of sexual assault and protect assault victims, even when the suspects have not been found guilty in criminal court.

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