Credit Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via Associated Press
AUSTIN, Tex. — The former Baylor University president Ken Starr is resigning 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 Baylor’s president and chancellor in May in a scandal involving the university’s football team that also led to the ouster of Coach Art Briles.
Baylor said in a joint statement issued with Starr that he would be leaving “his faculty status and tenure” with the law school in a separation that was mutually agreed upon. It was Starr’s last Baylor post.
Starr is best known for zealously pursuing charges against former President Bill Clinton in a White House sex scandal. He was removed as president of Baylor, the nation’s largest Baptist university, after an internal review found the university did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving football players.
Starr asked a law firm last year to review Baylor’s handling of sexual assault cases amid allegations that the university mishandled several cases in which football players were accused of attacking women.
Among the firm’s findings was that Baylor football coaches and athletics administrators had run their own improper investigations into rape claims, and that in some cases they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics.
By running their own “untrained” investigations and meeting directly with a complainant, the firm said, football staff members “improperly discredited” complainants’ claims and “denied them a right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation.”
The firm also found that Baylor was too slow to enact federally required student-conduct processes, and that administrators failed to identify and eliminate a “potential hostile environment” for victims.