Oregon State Student Sues School, Says Football Player Raped Her

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2018

Oregon State football helmet in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ/Associated Press

A female Oregon State University student filed a lawsuit against the school for an alleged violation of her rights related to an ongoing rape case involving former OSU football player Jordan Pace.

On Wednesday, Gabrielle Karol of KOIN reported the woman, listed as Jane Doe in court documents, states in the suit that the university issued a "no-contact directive," which forced her to avoid Pace on campus and prohibited her from "communicating with law enforcement and district attorneys."

Pace faces four felony charges in the separate criminal case, including first-degree rape, per Karol. He has pleaded not guilty, with the trial set to begin Oct. 15.

The woman, who is planning to transfer to another school, said the school denied her request for security and was informed to stay away from the east side of campus since Pace is employed in the dining hall, according to the complaint.

Her attorney, Laura Dunn, told Karol that she believes the case's outcome could have an impact that extends beyond the Corvallis, Oregon, school.

"There's a concerted effort under the Trump administration to strip protections for victims with the intention of favoring rights of the accused," Dunn said. "Looking at what OSU has done in this manner, it speaks to broader efforts to protect men accused of sexual misconduct at the expense of victims, who are most often women."

Brock Hulse of the Daily Barometer reported Pace, who was originally arrested in November following the alleged rape last May, walked on to the Beavers' football team in 2016 but was removed from the roster following spring ball in 2017.

He didn't play last season and isn't listed on the roster for the 2018 campaign.

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