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EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County district attorney has rejected an appeal from journalists for records of an investigation into sexual assault allegations against University of Oregon basketball players.

The Eugene Register-Guard and The Oregonian argued that the public is entitled to learn what university leaders knew about the allegations and when they knew it.

But District Attorney Alex Gardner sided with the university Monday. The school said federal law forbids it to release records that identify an individual student.

The Register-Guard's general counsel, Wendy Baker, said it would sue for the records.

After a student reported in March that she was assaulted, three players were dismissed from the team and barred from campus. They said the sexual contact was consensual. The district attorney said there wasn't enough evidence to bring charges.

Background: Not enough evidence in UOrape case, DAsays

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