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The Source: Is Baylor University Taking Campus Sexual Assaults Seriously?

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For years Baylor University has been dealing with the fallout from its failure to properly investigate sexual assaults, and provide services to victims.

First in 2012, Tevin Elliot - a star defensive end for the football team - was accussed of raping Jasmine Hernandez. Hernandez reported the rape to Waco Police and then to Campus police. After she reported it, four other women came forward and it came out that the Athletics department were aware  Elliot had a misdemeanor conviction for an attempted rape in 2011 at a community college. Ultimately, despite campus police taking no action, Elliot was expelled, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Hernandez filed a Title IX complaint against the school for their handling of the situation.

Sam Ukwuachu, another defensive end for Baylor, was sentenced last year to prison time for sexual assault.  Before the conviction, according to Texas Monthly, despite knowing the player was on trial for rape, Baylor University Football still expected him to be back for the 2015 season. Coaches described his absence in 2014 as the result of "some issues." 

The school and its president, former federal special prosecutor Ken Starr, have been criticized for not doing enough. A new investigation by the Dallas Morning News highlights the silence of Ken Starr. 

Guest:

  • David Tarrant, staff writer for the Dallas Morning News
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive