The handling of a sexual assault case at the University of Oregon stemming from March 2014 has been brought into question. One school official and five employees are now being invested by the Oregon State Bar and Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners. The case involves a female student and three Oregon basketball players, who have since been dismissed from the team but were not charged with the alleged crime.
The Oregon State Bar is investigating complaints against interim general counsel Douglas Park and associate general counsel Samantha Hill. The Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners is investigating complaints against four people, including Robin Holmes, the university’s vice president for student life, who is a licensed psychologist.
Richard Reed of The Oregonian reports that the student’s counselor, Jennifer Morlok, filed the complaints against the six parties in January. The issue at hand is the student’s confidential file and notes developed with Morlok, which were released to the General Counsel’s Office without permission.
“It’s the worst thing I could think of,” Morlok said. “The last thing we want to release is the session notes, because those are the intimate details of the process a person is going through and sharing. We kind of want to guard those with our life.”
Charges against the three athletes, who the student claims gang-raped her, were never pursued. The district attorney cited a lack of sufficient evidence needed to try the case.
For an in-depth look at the complex situation in its entirety, including possible outfall from the investigation, check out Reed’s article.