A few days ago I wrote “Kenneth Starr & Baylor U Deserve Each Other”. Since then, Baylor has taken the following actions: They fired football coach Art Briles and they removed the title of “President” from kenneth starr, but he retains his position of “Chancellor”
Over the years, Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist institution of higher learning, has been not just an embarrassment to the title “University” but has come very close to being little more than a criminal enterprise, teaching its students, above literature, chemistry, the arts
The board had hired the law firm Pepper Hamilton to investigate the latest events and coverups, and their reporting, now in part released to the public, is very illuminating, as are some statements released by the board of regents. Among the facts and opinions released are the following (from Inside Higher Education’s article “Consequences at Baylor”:
“Pepper found that Baylor’s efforts to implement Title IX were slow, ad hoc, and hindered by a lack of institutional support and engagement by senior leadership.
“Pepper found that the university’s student conduct processes were wholly inadequate to consistently provide a prompt and equitable response under Title IX, that Baylor failed to consistently support complainants through the provision of interim measures, and that in some cases, the university failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, or address its effects for individual complainants or the broader campus community.”
The firm “found examples of actions by university administrators that directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes, or that contributed to or accommodated a hostile environment.” In one instance, the university said, “those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.”
The findings also cited “specific failings within both the football program and Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence.”
From Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents:
“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus,… This investigation revealed the university’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students. The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”
Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law that dictates how colleges should investigate
A perusal of the official Baylor university website fails to reveal any statement of the actual duties of president or chancellor, and while it’s hard to believe that covering up the crimes of students and administrators and faculty and employees is part of either job, those ARE the facts, and exactly what starr has done. Yet, the powers that be are keeping starr in that leadership position, and as a member of the law school faculty, teaching future lawyers what is right and what is wrong, and how to get away with breaking the law.
So, what should be done?
That seems pretty clear. Baylor university currently is an institution which as a whole and by various departments and programs and included schools is accredited by numerous state and national organizations, including by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Of note, due to the continued inclusion of starr on the law school faculty, is the fact that the Baylor law school is accredited by both the The Association of American Law Schools and by the American Bar Association.
These accreditations, EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM, need to be VACATED, and Baylor university should be forced to close. It is a fraud on the institution of higher education, and on the community in which it deceitfully serves, for this cesspool of felonies, coverups and corrupt officials to continue to steal the hard earned tuition dollars of its students, their families, and various grant and aid programs.
The time is now for this to be begun.