10.19.18 Statement from Baylor University on Jeremy Faulk lawsuit

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Published: Oct. 19, 2018 at 12:55 PM CDT
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(Baylor University statement)

“It is important to understand that this court filing represents only one side of the story in an attempt to generate sensational, factually baseless headlines. Baylor contends that the Plaintiff’s claims as filed today are without merit, and we look forward to a vigorous defense against these unfounded allegations.

“The Plaintiff was dismissed from the football team for failing to disclose a prior sexual harassment complaint against him at a previous institution. There also had been another sexual assault claim made against the Plaintiff in May 2016 while he was at Baylor. Given these circumstances, appropriate action was taken — the player was removed from the team, his scholarship rescinded, and he was advised of his rights to appeal the rescission of his scholarship.

“Following an appeal, the Plaintiff’s scholarship was later reinstated by Baylor. The Plaintiff could have returned to Baylor on a full scholarship, but he never did so. If he had returned to Baylor, the University’s Title IX investigation would have been resumed and completed according to policy and procedure.”

From Baylor’s response in the Kinyon suit:

• Dr. Ramsower was not involved in any way in the decision to dismiss the football player from the team or in the decision to rescind the player’s scholarship.

• In truth, administrators within the Athletic Department and Office of General Counsel, along with the Faculty Athletic Representative, made the decision after learning that (i) the player had failed to disclose a report of alleged sexual harassment at his prior university that occurred before the player transferred to Baylor and (ii) that the player had been accused of the sexual assault addressed at length in the Amended Complaint. Although the player claimed that the sexual activity was consensual, the victim, as reported by the media, said that the player “forced [her] to do things that [she] didn’t want to do against [her] own consent.” The victim had reported the details of this incident to a Baylor Police Officer in May 2016. Given these circumstances, appropriate action was taken—the player was removed from the team, his scholarship rescinded, and he was advised of his rights to appeal the rescission of his scholarship.

• Baylor relied on the player’s failure to disclose certain information on his application—a fact Kinyon admits in the Amended Complaint. Ultimately, the committee reinstated the player’s scholarship. Even though the player could have returned to Baylor on a full scholarship, he never did so. If he had returned to Baylor, the Title IX investigation would have been resumed and completed.