Baylor names new Title IX coordinator

Kristan Tucker. (Baylor University photo)
Kristan Tucker. (Baylor University photo)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:19 PM CDT
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Baylor named a new Title IX coordinator Wednesday, less than 48 hours after the former head of the school’s Title IX office resigned following a daylong mediation of a retaliation complaint she filed with the university’s Human Resources Department.

Kristan Tucker, who served as senior deputy Title IX coordinator, was appointed to replace Patty Crawford, who agreed to a settlement offer during mediation Monday, but then quit after refusing an additional amount of money to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

Tucker helped direct the functions of the office and trained faculty, staff and students on the school’s Title IX policy, the university said in a press release.

“Kristan Tucker is a capable and experienced Title IX professional, and I have full confidence in her ability to lead our Title IX Office,” interim Baylor President Dr. David Garland said.

Before joining the Baylor staff, Tucker served as the lead Title IX investigator at East Carolina University.

She has also worked as senior equity compliance officer in the University of Tennessee System.

"The Title IX Office’s focus is on our students and the entire Baylor community, ensuring that we provide the resources, support and assistance they need," she said.

"It is vital that our systems support a fair and equitable Title IX process.”

Tucker holds a Juris Doctorate as well as a master’s degree in Communication Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication.

Crawford, who appeared Wednesday morning on “CBS This Morning,” alleged in her complaint she was subjected to retaliatory actions by Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Reagan Ramsower, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.

The complaint alleged Ramsowner took away her authority to handle Title IX complaints and accused her of “doing her job too well,” the source said.

The mediation session stretched late into the night Monday, another source with direct knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday.

The school offered her a $1.5 million settlement, the source said, but Crawford balked at signing the confidentiality agreement for an additional $50,000, the source said.

Crawford’s attorney countered the school’s offer with a request for a total of $2 million, which school officials rejected, the source said.

After their refusal, Crawford told Baylor she planned to speak publicly about her frustration with the administration and the board of regents about the handling of the sexual assault investigation.

The lawyer, Rogge Dunn, who also represents fired athletic department staffer Tom Hill, declined to comment Tuesday.

Crawford flew to New York Tuesday morning.

In her interview with CBS Wednesday, she said Baylor “set her up to fail”, but she offered few details about problems she encountered with Baylor administration.

“I think Baylor set me up to fail from the beginning," Crawford said.

Crawford came to Baylor in November 2014 as the school’s Title IX Coordinator.

Prior to Baylor, Crawford served as the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of Indiana University East, as well as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, and Affirmative Action Officer for Indiana University.

Title IX, which is part of a more than 40-year-old law aimed at ensuring equal rights for those participating in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance, applies to all facets of a school's environment.

It has been interpreted to mean that sexual harassment of students including sexual violence interferes with the right to receive an education free from discrimination, and requires schools to take immediate action to end harassment and sexual violence.

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