Baylor Settles Its First Title IX Lawsuit Stemming From Football Team Sexual Assault Scandal

The settlements have begun for Baylor in the long line of numerous Title IX lawsuits the university faces from its sexual assault scandal.

The first of such suits was settled on Thursday between Baylor, which initially tried to dismiss the suit, and an unnamed plaintiff. The amount of the settlement is unknown.

“Baylor University is pleased that the parties were able to resolve this dispute in an amicable fashion,” a statement from the university sent to the Waco Tribune read. “We are unable to comment further regarding this particular claim out of respect for the student’s privacy.”

The plaintiff in the case alleges on Feb. 28, 2015, that she was drugged at an off-campus party at the so-called “rugby house” and later raped. The mother of the alleged victim called Baylor’s Title IX office the following day and told that as many as five other women had been assaulted at the same location.

The lawsuit also called Baylor University “a hunting ground for sexual predators,” noting specifically that there was an “institution-wide problem.”

Communication between the woman and the Title IX office ended roughly five weeks after initial contact was made with no hearing. The woman did not file a police report out of embarrassment. She later dropped out of Baylor and moved out of Texas.

With the Title IX suit settled, the Tribune reports that Baylor faces five more similar lawsuits. At least three other alleged victims of sexual assault who did not file lawsuits have also settled.

In May, Baylor announced the “structural completion of the 105 recommendations related to the institution’s response to sexual violence and implementation of best-practice governance policies and procedures.”

SOURCE: CBS Sports – Ben Kercheval

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