Former Baylor University President, Kenneth Starr, resigned from his position as chancellor on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. According to KWTX News, he was demoted to chancellor at the end of May when criticism of how the school was handling the accusations of sexual assault by members of the university’s football team.
He will continue being a professor of Baylor Law School. The duties he had as chancellor include the overseeing of fundraising and religious liberty, all other duties are no longer allowed.
According to KWTX, Starr adamantly denies receiving any emails from former or current students. He said, defensively, the president’s office gets numerous emails every day and it’s impossible to see and read each and every one.
Starr was named to succeed former president, John Lilley, who was forced out by the regents in 2008. Lilley was replacing former president Dr. Robert Sloan when his term began, November 4, 2005.
Starr said in a statement, that all of his answers were truthful in his interview with KWTX. After conducting a search of the email archives, he found an email that fit the description of the one he was asked about. The office received the email November 3, 2015.
Former Baylor University president claims he has no memory of seeing the email until it was brought to his attention in recent days. He told KWTX that he resigned out of good conscience so that he could speak freely.
He sadly announced his resignation as he wants the university to move forward. Starr claims he had no knowledge of what was going on. He stated that claims of sexual assault were not an issue on campus until August, when a member of the football team was being tried. He also stated that the students had no reason to worry about their safety as the incidents he knew about occurred off campus. It was later discovered that, since 2012, at least twelve incidents were being investigated by campus police.
According to NBC News, the university discouraged students from reporting. There were other incidents that amounted to retaliation against the plaintiff who made the sexual assault report.
The university also fired football coach Art Biles, and suspended athletic director Ian McCaw. Many other university administrators were also fired. Starr stated that he disagrees with the allegations that the university football is above the rules. He was not involved in the final decision to fire the coach and was not given an explanation from the coach himself as to why he was let go.
The assault scandal first came to light last fall when Baylor’s Board of regents reviewed the universities compliance with Title XI. Their findings stated that the school failed to comply with Title XI as well as the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act established in 2013.
Richard Willis stated the university should have provided a caring and safe environment for students. He also went on to say, “The depth which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”
Baylor University is a private Baptist College located in Waco, Texas. The Baylor Bears have won two Big 12 championships since 2013. The football team has brought the university great financial gain over the years.
By Brandy Combs
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