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Ken Starr leaving Baylor effective immediately

Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions, on May 8, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Starr is leaving Baylor University effective immediately.
Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions, on May 8, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Starr is leaving Baylor University effective immediately. AP

Judge Ken Starr is leaving Baylor University effective immediately, the university said in a statement.

Starr stepped down as chancellor of the university on June 1 amid a rape scandal at Baylor but stayed on as a law professor. Head football coach Art Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw also lost their jobs in the scandal.

Baylor’s media relations department issued a joint statement on Starr’s departure this morning saying Starr was “leaving his faculty status and tenure” at the law school.

“The mutually agreed separation comes with the greatest respect and love Judge Starr has for Baylor and with Baylor’s recognition and appreciation for Judge Starr’s many contributions to Baylor,” the statement says. “Baylor wishes Judge Ken Starr well in his future endeavors. Judge Starr expresses his thanks to the Baylor family for the opportunity to serve as president and chancellor and is grateful for his time with the exceptional students of Baylor University who will lead and serve around the world.”

Starr was removed as president of the nation's largest Baptist university after a scathing review found that, under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving football players.

The report, by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, said the failures by administrators, the athletic department and football staff created a perception that “football was above the rules.”

It also found the school failed to follow requirements under Title IX, the federal law that bans discrimination based on sex in education programs, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Briles, the Baylor athletic department and administration have been criticized for months for failing to act through a series of reports of rape and assault made against at least eight Baylor football players over the last eight years. At least eight women have publicly come forward to say the school ignored their sexual assault allegations.

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus,” Richard Willis, chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents, said in a written statement. “This investigation revealed the university’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students. The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us.”

The former Baylor football coach attended the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp practice, watching from owner Jerry Jones’ tower, and met with reporters for about six minutes afterward. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

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