A woman who spoke out against the University of Oregon after it accessed the counseling records of a student who said she was raped by several basketball players has been let go, according to an email she sent to colleagues today. In the email, which was first obtained by the Register-Guard, Karen Stokes said her position had been terminated but what happened "will not make this issue go away."
The student said she was raped by three basketball players last year and in January she sued the university, saying the school tailored and delayed their discipline so the men could play in the NCAA tournament. (Last summer, the school found the players responsible for the student's sexual assault.) But before filing the suit, the student learned that Oregon already had taken her campus counseling records from when she sought help and given them to the university's lawyers to prepare for litigation. In court filings, Oregon argued the seizing of the records was legal.