Baylor Responds to Reports of Kenneth Starr's Ousting
- Author: Jack Replman May 26, 2016,
May 26, 2016, 18:10
Baylor University refused to comment on reports claiming that its president Kenneth Starr, who headed the investigation leading to Bill Clinton's impeachment, was sacked in connection to the school's mishandling of sexual assault accusations against its football team.
The former prosecutor and one-time dean of Pepperdine University School of Law has the option to take a buyout and leave the university.
A former Baylor student announced plans to sue the university in March 2016, alleging the school displayed "deliberate indifference" about her complaint again former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott.
"We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it".
According to a report by a Texas sports blogger, Chip Brown, who first broke the story, Baylor's Board of Regents believe Mr. Starr is more culpable for how the school handled the investigations.
Starr was formerly a member of the ABA Journal's board of editors.
August 21, 2015: Elliott's conviction appeared to receive little attention outside the Central Texas city of Waco, where Baylor is located until Sam Ukwuachu is convicted of sexually assaulting another student and later sentenced to six months in jail and probation. It was unclear whether the regents were considering any action against Briles and the school's statement did not mention the coach. At least six women have accused eight Baylor football players of violence.
Sexual assault is a famously under prosecuted crime, yet not only did local law enforcement officials move forward with the case, they successfully charged and convicted Ukwuachu.
In a statement from university emailed to USA TODAY College, Baylor says its board of regents "continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the Board completes its deliberations".
She said she eventually reported it to Baylor, but the male student was never held responsible. Reagan Ramsower, Baylor's senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer, will serve as the school's interim president as the school conducts a national search, sources told Horns Digest.
The school hired Pepper Hamilton in 2015 for the internal review.
It is not yet clear whether the university's athletics director, Ian McCaw or football coach, Art Briles, will also be ushered out. Elliott was convicted of the sexual assault in 2014 and is now serving a 20-year sentence.
Pepper Hamilton's investigation has not been made public.
Over the next several months, ESPN published a series of reports detailing a number of other sexual and physical assaults seemingly kept quiet by the university and committed mostly by football players.
Starr, a former appeals court judge, in the mid-1990s was appointed as a special counsel to investigate then-President Clinton over a real estate investment and other matters.