CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis has been indefinitely suspended in accordance with University policy after a UNC-Chapel Hill student swore out warrants on Tuesday morning, charging the junior with misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor assault on a female.
The incident in question occurred on Feb. 14 at Ram Village, an on-campus apartment complex. The student, Delaney Robinson, a 19-year-old sophomore from Apex, N.C., held a news conference with her father and lawyer on Tuesday after exercising her right to self-serve the warrants earlier in the day.
Her attorney, Denise Branch, explained the misdemeanor charges represented her client’s only option after Department of Public Safety and university investigations led to no action against Artis. Branch contends that UNC police mishandled the case and that the university violated its new Title IX provisions.
"I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do," Robinson said at the news conference. "I reported it. I allowed the rape kit to be taken. I gave a statement. I cooperated with law enforcement and the Title IX office, but six months later the university has done nothing. I'm taking this public stand not for me, but for the other students on campus who are not protected, despite what the university tells us.”
Robinson admitted to underage drinking the night of the alleged assault and said that she was incapacitated during the incident.
Branch quoted an email from Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jeffery Neiman on Aug. 2 at the news conference in which he wrote, “UNC DPS has made clear their determination the evidence does not support criminal charges and our review of the investigation does not lead us to advise or otherwise take action to the contrary.”
Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told the Associated Press on Tuesday no final decisions have been made on whether to bring charges.
“We are aware of the misdemeanor charges against Allen Artis," head coach Larry Fedora said in a school release. "I cannot comment on either the allegation or the investigative process. We take these matters very seriously and are fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities.”
Artis did not practice on Tuesday and was not available for comment. His reinstatement is up to Fedora, athletic director Bubba Cunningham and university officials. The Marietta, Ga. native has played in 27 games throughout his career, including UNC’s first two games in 2016, and has tallied 20 tackles.