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The Department of Education does not have an active Title IX investigation into any case at Baylor. A complaint sent to the DOE recently could trigger such an investigation.

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Baylor University’s board of regents did not vote Monday night on any matters related to Art Briles’ status as head football coach, Baylor spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said Tuesday.

“As has been reported, the Baylor Board of Regents did meet last night to discuss a variety of matters,” Lewis said in an email. “We can confirm there was no vote regarding the employment status of Art Briles.”

Calls and emails to several regents were not returned Tuesday.

Dennis Wiles, regent and senior pastor at First Baptist Church Arlington, referred questions to board Chairman Ron Murff. Regular calls placed to Murff’s office during the past several days have not been returned. It is unclear when the board will meet next.

Amid an ongoing sexual assault scandal surrounding Baylor and its football program, Briles was suspended as head football coach May 26, “with intent to terminate, according to contract procedures.”

A small group of boosters has pushed for Briles’ return, and regents discussed the issue Monday night, according to reports. Gale Galloway, a former regent chairman and Baylor football player, voiced support for Briles on Monday.

The board removed Ken Starr as president, and Starr later resigned as chancellor. Athletics Director Ian McCaw later resigned after receiving sanctions.

Baylor recently hired former Wake Forest University coach Jim Grobe as acting head coach.

Pepper Hamilton LLP, a Philadelphia law firm that investigated Baylor, found a “fundamental failure” in how the university handles sexual assault allegations.

Since 2014, two former Baylor football players have been convicted of sexual assault. Tevin Elliott is serving a 20-year prison sentence, and Sam Ukwuachu is seeking a new trial.

Shawn Oakman, a former football player on the 2015 roster, was arrested on a sexual assault charge in April. Other players have been named in Waco police reports alleging sexual and physical violence.

“Athletics personnel failed to recognize the conflict of interest in roles and risk to campus safety by insulating athletes from student conduct processes,” the board said of Pepper Hamilton’s findings. “Football coaches and staff took affirmative steps to maintain internal control over discipline of players and to actively divert cases from the student conduct or criminal processes.”

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