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Student sues OSU, claims retaliation after reporting rape

Beavers football player Jordan Pace is accused of raping the woman in May 2017.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 7:47 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 2:49 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A student is suing Oregon State University over a sexual assault case involving a football player, claiming the school retaliated against her after she reported it.

The 19-year-old woman, referred to as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, alleges Jordan Pace raped her in his dorm room in May 2017.

Pace was arrested and charged in November with rape, unlawful sexual penetration, sodomy and sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty.

In the lawsuit, the woman said after the incident the university imposed a no contact order not just against Pace, but herself. She said this means she cannot be on parts of campus when Pace is also there.

She said she has been forced to take online classes and was only able to take classes on campus this summer because she was told Pace wouldn’t be there.

The lawsuit states that after the alleged rape was reported, Pace was still allowed to be on campus as both a student and athlete, and was recently hired by the university.

University spokesperson Steve Clark said the school has received the lawsuit and is reviewing it.

Clark could not comment on the specifics of the case, but said the university will impose no contact orders if they are asked.

In the lawsuit, the woman also claims other football players were intimidating her when she returned to campus following the alleged assault.

She said her mother asked the school if they could provide an escort for her, but the university’s interim director of public safety told her they were “not set up to give services like that” because there were too many no contact orders on campus to accommodate, according to the lawsuit.

Clark said the university does provide campus safety services, but could not comment on the specific case. He said Oregon State is committed to campus safety, educating students on sexual violence and providing resources.

Pace is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 15.

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