November 14th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

There was nothing wrong with the University of Oregon’s response to rape allegations leveled against a UO basketball player last year, UO President Michael Schill shot back at U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Monday. Wyden publicly questioned that response last week, following an article in Sports Illustrated that examined the case involving Kavell Bigby-Williams, and suggested that the university violated its own policies for student sexual misconduct cases. Ultimately, police declined to bring criminal charges against Bigby-Williams, who claimed the sex was consensual. The university’s written “standard operating procedures” for sexual misconduct cases that the SI article leaned on “are not strict policies that require absolute adherence, nor should there be,” the UO’s formal response to Wyden states. “A certain amount of flexibility is required to allow our professionals to respond to the totality of the information present and the unique circumstances that arise in various cases.” In the Bigby-Williams case, Schill wrote that a key consideration for UO staff was that the alleged victim in Wyoming “was clear and consistent” that she wanted “no action (to) be taken” against Bigby-Williams. -Saul Hubbard, Register-Guard, Read More

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