WACO, Texas (KXAN) — New developments are unfolding in the Baylor University sexual assault scandal. The woman responsible for executing the school’s response to alleged Title IX violations has resigned.
The University says Patty Crawford was “disappointed in her role implementing the recommendations that resulted from the Pepper Hamilton investigation.” The report gave 105 ways for the school to improve its response to the sexual assault claims, which she admits to failing to utilize. Crawford has been with the University since 2014.
The other development involves two new names on the federal lawsuit against Baylor. Two women claim they were sexually assaulted while attending the school. Both women said the University failed to sufficiently investigate their cases.
Baylor has come under scrutiny for mishandling sexual assault allegations, including some involving football players. A federal lawsuit was filed in June by a former Baylor student, who was the third to claim the school was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn’t enforce federal general discrimination protections. The woman identified only as Jane Doe, says she was drugged and abducted from an off-campus residence known as “The Rugby House” in February 2015.
Former Baylor President Ken Starr also resigned from his post as a law school professor, severing ties with the faith-based campus still reeling from a sexual assault scandal. Starr lost his job as president and chancellor in May during the sexual assault scandal involving the school’s vaunted football team that also ousted coach Art Briles.
Baylor released this statement Monday night following Crawford’s resignation:
“Baylor University tonight announces the resignation of Patty Crawford as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Our understanding is that Patty was disappointed in her role in implementing the recommendations that resulted from the Pepper Hamilton investigation. The University is grateful for Patty’s leadership in establishing fair and equitable Title IX processes that are also supportive of the needs of survivors. We will always seek to continuously improve and are confident that the very capable Title IX staff will continue the important work of educating, supporting and responding to the needs of those impacted by interpersonal violence.”