3 rapes reported at Baylor residence hall

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University police and the school's Title IX office were investigating Thursday after three rape cases were reported.

According to the university’s police log, the three campus sexual assault-rape cases were reported Monday.

The first report came in at 9:25 a.m., the second at 9:31 a.m. and the third 9:35 a.m.

Around 6 p.m., KWTX learned the victim reported the alleged crime through an online portal.

When the university received the report, it sent it to police and they in turn sent it off to the TItle IX office.

A source close to the investigation said the two people involved know each other but, because of how it was reported, officials are still trying to actually identify the person who filed the complaint.

The online records also state that “these incidents are all related and involve the same individuals,” and listed South Russell Residence Hall at the location of the alleged crime.

The first assault occurred on Dec. 2, the second on Jan 19 and the final one on Jan. 20.

Assistant Vice President for Media Communications Lori Fogleman said in a statement to KWTX the university could not comment on confidential Titile IX matters, but they did issues an email to students.

"You may be aware of a Lariat web article today regarding three allegations of rape at South Russell that were reported to have occurred between the same individuals. Please be assured that we have assessed the threat and addressed the situation according to our established policies and procedures. Title IX will continue to monitor the situation. We take these allegations very seriously, and our firm commitment to our students is to ensure the safety and security of our campus community. If you have any safety concerns, please contact your CL or hall director. As with all Title IX and student conduct allegations, the details surrounding any allegation are confidential, according to federal privacy laws."

In a follow up statement Baylor said it is complying with federal law and the Clery Act, which requires them to maintain a daily crime log.

Fogleman said there are avenues for the log to have its information complied and it does not distinguish between reported allegations that may or may not be true.

According the online records, SRH is a co-ed complex home to more than 250 students, 90 percent of which are freshmen and the remaining are upperclassman.

The building has single, double and triple occupancy rooms.

Students who live in the residence hall are part of the Impact Living Learning Center, which is for students who are “looking to benefit from a community fully devoted to the impact that education and learning have in every aspect of life.”

The cases were reported to the university’s Title IX office.

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.

The latest allegations come as the university continues to deal with the fallout from the Pepper Hamilton Investigation looking into the university’s response to reports of sexual assault. The Philadelphia-based law firm’s findings which led to the ouster of head coach Art Briles, demotion and eventual resignation of President Ken Starr and resignation of Athletic Director Ian McCaw.

Hours before the police logs showed the reported rapes, McCaw spoke to CBS Sports saying he believed Briles was scapegoated for a much larger campus wide problem.