As former Baylor University Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford and the school continue a public dispute, Crawford and her attorney said Wednesday they are ready to move on.
“The only plan I have is to talk with media today to give the perspective of what really happened, I think,” Crawford said.
She said she does not want to engage in mud-slinging and hopes Baylor devotes the proper resources to helping sexual assault victims.
Since November 2014, Baylor has spent $4.3 million to serve victims through the Title IX Office and the counseling center, the university has said.
Crawford’s statements come a day after she appeared on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports,” where she alleged that a culture of discrimination came from Baylor leadership. She has said she never had the “authority, resources or the independence to do her job appropriately.”
Crawford’s attorney, Rogge Dunn, also released email threads and texts Wednesday in response to a group of emails and text messages obtained by the Tribune-Herald. In the emails, Crawford indicates she felt excluded from Title IX discussions and was low in Baylor’s chain of reporting for alleged interpersonal and sexual violence.
In text messages Crawford exchanged June 29 with Vice President of Human Resources Cheryl Gochis, Crawford wrote she had not been made aware of a speaking invitation extended to Brenda Tracy, who identifies as a rape survivor and speaks to football programs across the country. The athletics department first reached out to Tracy.
“The thing about the speaker with athletics is that (it) reinforces that athletics takes care of themselves,” Gochis wrote. “And the coach at Nebraska apologized and was contrite . . . the opposite of what our ex-coach did.”
Before coming to Baylor, Tracy spoke to the Nebraska football team, which is coached by Mike Riley. Tracy has said she was raped in 1998 by football players at Oregon State University, where Riley coached at the time. The men never were formally prosecuted, and the two players were suspended for one game.
“That was one of the concerns, that a program was bringing . . . a speaker was brought in to do — quote, unquote — ‘Title IX training,’ ” Crawford told the Tribune-Herald by phone Wednesday. “Well, that wasn’t Title IX training. It was a speaker, which is great. I think those things should happen, but we really need to collaborate on those to make sure we’re bringing the message together in an effective way.”
In a Wednesday email, Gochis said the athletics department did a good job of integrating Crawford into Tracy’s late-July visit after the invitation was extended.
“When we found out that Brenda was invited in, it was after the invitation was extended, and I wanted to ensure the entire system was prepared for her visit and there was proper context to the event as well as being tied into Title IX programming,” Gochis said. “Athletics does coordinate many activities outside of other groups, and it is fine, but this seemed like one that Title IX could have been looped in on.”
In a statement, the university said, “The emails and texts released by Patty Crawford demonstrate that everyone at Baylor did their best to support her and the important mission of the Title IX office.”
June 2015 incident
A June 2015 email chain Dunn gave to the Tribune-Herald starts with Baylor Police Chief Brad Wigtil saying a Baylor football player had been arrested by Waco police on a domestic violence charge. The email was sent to Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Security Mark Childers, Baylor public safety employees and a marketing and communications employee.
Then-Athletics Director Ian McCaw forwarded the message to Crawford more than four hours after the initial email, the document shows.
“That is just an example of the university priority and the internal, unwritten protocol for notifying the marketing department first,” Crawford said Wednesday.
Crawford also said no arrest was made in that case.
Documents obtained by the Tribune-Herald showed Crawford received three salary increases, workspace expansion and a growing Title IX budget.
According to an email sent from Dunn, Crawford’s most recent salary increase in May 2016 raised her annual pay to $123,300.
When Crawford resigned months later, the university announced that she demanded $1 million and book and movie rights prior to a mediation session, a claim the university has repeated and Crawford’s camp denied on Wednesday.
“Patty has never sought and is not seeking movie and book rights from anybody,” Dunn said. “Their claim that Patty is seeking or wanted book and movie rights is a flat-out lie.”