Rape allegations: UO responds to records request with mostly blacked out pages

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Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson, and Dominic Artis were at the center of a rape investigation, but no charges were filed because the district attorney said there was not enough evidence.

EUGENE, Ore. -- KATU’s On Your Side Investigators asked for documents regarding rape allegations involving three University of Oregon basketball players and got back 67 pages of material with 63 pages blacked out.

In the public records request, KATU asked for emails between top administrators, including the school's president, athletic director and others from early March when the alleged attack happened, through early May.

The On Your Side Investigators received documents with all of the relevant information blacked out. Only a few press releases were visible.

Questions remain about whether coaches or administrators intentionally kept the rape investigation secret while the team tried to advance in this year’s NCAA tournament with two of the three accused players on the court. As KATU has reported, coaches earned large bonuses during that time.

The On Your Side Investigators called and emailed to try and set up an interview with administrators and after a few hours they said no. They also wouldn't talk on camera when KATU Investigators went to their offices.

Students KATU spoke with were not happy with the university’s response.

"If you guys aren't getting real information, the public isn't getting real information,” said Amber Kramer, a sophomore. “It's definitely frustrating."

“I'd like to know more about what's happening because you always see the positive stories and everything of how much the university is doing," said Skylar Leal, another student. “To let them still play even though they knew about it, I don't think that's right."

None of the three basketball players was charged after police investigated, but they were kicked off the team a month after the school learned about the accusations.

The school has said police asked them not to take action during the investigation, but KATU was hoping to see in writing what university leaders were really talking about.

The school sent KATU a statement saying it had to redact the emails because of laws that bar it from releasing student records or information protected by attorney-client privilege.