Baylor agrees to detail sexual assaults since 2003

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University, in a federal court filing, says it agrees to produce a spreadsheet detailing all sexual assaults brought to the attention of the school since 2003 “to the extent the records are available and still exist.”

The motion was filed Friday in an ongoing fight over discovery in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the university by 10 Jane Doe plaintiffs.

The motion says the spreadsheet would include the following details about sexual assaults from Jan. 1, 2003 through February 2016, which is the month in which the last of the sexual assaults alleged in the suit occurred:

• Date of alleged assault;
• Date alleged assault was reported to a Baylor employee;
• Whether alleged victim was Baylor student;
• Gender of alleged victim;
• Gender of alleged assailant;
(Where it is unclear whether the alleged assailant was a Baylor student or not, that information will also be provided.)
• Whether Baylor knew the identity of the alleged victim;
• Whether Baylor knew the identity of the alleged assailant;
• Whether the alleged victim asked Baylor to keep the alleged assailant’s identity confidential;
• The location where the alleged assault occurred;
• How Baylor learned of alleged assault;
• The specific offices or type of Baylor personnel who were made aware of the alleged assault;2 and,
• Disposition of the complaint.

The spreadsheets “will provide a comprehensive overview of available information while protecting student privacy, thus avoiding the necessity of sending (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) notices,” the filing says.

The university asked for 30 days in which to prepare spreadsheets dating back to 2011 and an additional 30 days for those covering the years 2003 to 2010.

“Baylor has made a proposal to the court regarding contested issues in pending litigation,” the university said in a statement Monday.

“The court has not yet ruled on this proposal. This information has yet to be compiled and is separate from the investigation conducted by Pepper Hamilton."

The Jane Doe plaintiffs and the university are in a legal battle over disclosure of the work product and other details stemming from the Pepper Hamilton review of the school’s handling of sexual assaults.

The scathing report the law firm delivered to the school’s Board of Regents in May 2015 led to the firing of head coach Art Briles, the reassignment of Chancellor and President Ken Starr and the suspension of athletic director Ian McCaw.

Starr and McCaw have since severed ties with the university.

McCaw is now athletic director at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

The regents released a 13-page findings of fact document that didn’t identify any specific cases or name Briles or any other individual.

Baylor maintained that it couldn’t provide any details about the specific cases in which Pepper Hamilton found university and athletic department failures, but five months later, apparently acting on advice of the Los Angeles PR firm G.F. Bunting+Co., made selected regents available for interviews with the Journal, the New York Times, USA Today and Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports.”

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