Students plan to keep spotlight on rape claim against UNC football player


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Some UNC-Chapel Hill students say they may make signs and yell chants at the Tar Heels home football game this Saturday to keep a spotlight on the case of a player accused of raping another student.

Junior linebacker Allen Artis, who played mostly on special teams, has been suspended indefinitely from the football team after being charged with two misdemeanors – sexual battery and assault on a female.

Earlier this week, Delaney Robinson brought the case public, claiming Artis raped her at a campus apartment on Valentine’s Day.

Robinson is criticizing the University’s handling of the case, saying it’s been six months and nothing has been done.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said there is an active, ongoing investigation into the incident and that his office and UNC Police are waiting on some toxicology reports to come back from the state crime lab.

Some students say it’s an important issue that should not be ignored.

“Technically she did everything she was supposed to do,” said sophomore Kathy Doan. “So what is someone supposed to do at that point?”

Nikhil Prasad, a senior, said it’s been big news on campus. “Everybody’s been talking about it,” Prasad said. “It’s something that’s been talked about on campus for awhile but just seeing it so concretely happen isn’t something I’m used to seeing.”

Artis turned himself in and was released on $5,000 bond Wednesday.

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