Thursday, May 26, 2016

Baylor fires football coach and 'reassigns' university president Ken Starr

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It's official: the Baylor football coach, Art Briles, and University President Ken Starr have lost their jobs, but Starr gets to hang onto university employment as a chancellor and professor.

Texas Tribune reports.

Mishandling of sexual assaults by football players was the cause. A special report on that came out today, too:

The report was conducted by the law firm Pepper Hamilton, which Baylor hired after football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted in August of raping another student. Testimony during the trial revealed that Ukwuachu had been investigated by the university but not punished. He continued to practice with the team and coaches proclaimed after he was arrested that they expected him to play again.

Since then, numerous reports have emerged of Baylor students who were raped and felt like their cases weren't taken seriously. That included victims of Tevin Elliot, a football player who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape in 2014. ESPN has reported that five women told police that Elliot either raped them or assaulted them between 2009 and 2012.

The stories have prompted questions: Who at Baylor knew about the accusations of assault? And why didn't internal investigations lead to the expulsions of those students? Federal regulations require universities to thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault on campus and take action to protect students from assaulters. The burden of proof for punishment is low — the university only needs to determine that it's more likely than not an assault occurred. 
No comments so far from the main players today. Here's some smarm from the pious persecutor Starr earlier:

"Some have concluded that we could have done more," Starr wrote. "Perhaps so. Our independent investigation will soon reveal if opportunities exist for improvements in the way we respond to allegations of sexual violence. But I retain full confidence in our Student Life professionals."
The Baylor Board of Regents apologized.  The investigative report said Baylor had "failed to consistently support" students who reported sexual assault and "failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, or address its effects for individual complainants or the broader campus community." 

The report is awful. Retaliation against one person who complained of assault. Ignored others. 

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