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Baylor regents promise more openness in sex assault scandal

A fan looks on as Baylor and Northwestern State play Sept. 2 in Waco. Baylor University regents left a meeting Friday saying they were committed to improving transparency in the wake of the football program sexual assault scandal but offered no specifics.
A fan looks on as Baylor and Northwestern State play Sept. 2 in Waco. Baylor University regents left a meeting Friday saying they were committed to improving transparency in the wake of the football program sexual assault scandal but offered no specifics. The Associated Press

Baylor University regents left a meeting Friday saying they were committed to improving transparency in the wake of the football program sexual assault scandal but offered no specifics.

“We understand everybody’s frustrated. We get that,” board Chairman Ron Murff told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “We are going to continue to look for ways that we can provide more information within the common decency ...”

Regents ousted Baylor President Ken Starr as president and football coach Art Briles after Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton found a campuswide “fundamental failure” in how Baylor implemented it Title IX programs. The law firm also said the football program operated above the law.

After the meeting, the university issued a press release citing the board’s “commitment to rebuild trust with the Baylor family, community and the public.”

Regent Richard Willis, a former chairman, said the board has “listened to alumni. We’ve listened to students. We’ve listened to faculty. I can’t tell you when it’s going to happen. I honestly don’t know, but we’re working to see how we can get some more information out to everybody.”

Regent Jeff Reeter said the board bears “significant, significant” responsibility in the scandal, according the Tribune-Herald.

Patty Crawford resigned last week as Baylor’s first full-time Title IX coordinator, saying she was never given the authority and resources to job, the newspaper said. She filed a complaint with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights alleging that the university continues to violate Title IX regulations.

Murff said he disagrees with Crawford’s assessment of the Title IX office.

“We take Title IX and all of that very seriously, obviously with all the decisions that have been made, and we’ve invested a lot of resources, invested a lot of time and we want to make sure our students are safe,” Murff told the Tribune-Herald. “We’re going to continue to do everything we can to make sure that’s the case.”

Read the Tribune-Herald’s full story here.

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