Accrediting commission lifts Baylor warning sanction

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Southern Association of College and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, which placed Baylor University on warning over issues related to the school’s sexual assault scandal, lifted the sanction Tuesday after completing its review, university President Dr. Linda Livingstone announced in a letter to students and faculty.

“This is significant news for Baylor,” Livingstone said in the letter.

“We are grateful to SACSCOC for its extensive work on this external review and the organization’s acknowledgement of the significant progress Baylor has made in addressing past incidents of sexual violence within our campus community,” she said.

The commission will conduct another onsite review in the spring, she said, as part of the university’s decennial reaffirmation process.

In December 2016, the commission placed Baylor on warning for 12 months over issues related to the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the school’s football program.

The commission found that Baylor didn’t provide adequate support services for students, adequate control of athletics and didn’t comply with requirements regarding institutional environment.

The special committee visited the campus from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 to review progress in the three areas and found the school to be compliant.