Baylor University has concluded its internal investigation into its policies following last week’s sexual assault conviction of former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu, deciding to retain outside counsel to investigate and announcing a newly created position to oversee student-athlete behavior.
In a statement released Friday night, Baylor President Ken Starr said, “We must guarantee there is no room at Baylor University for those who would perpetrate sexual violence on our campus. I want to thank Jeremy Counseller, Professor of Law and Faculty Athletics Representative, for his judgment and guidance.
“After reviewing the results of his internal inquiry, I am recommending that our Board of Regents retain the services of outside counsel to investigate thoroughly these matters and recommend continued improvements. The Board plans to announce its selection of outside counsel early next week.”
Additionally, Starr said he is creating a new position in the athletics department “that has the authority and oversight of all student-athlete behavior.” The position will report directly to Starr, who said he will work with the board of regents “to formulate the specific responsibilities of this position.”
Starr said the safety and welfare of the school’s students is “central to Baylor’s mission as a Christian university and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff. We must have zero tolerance for sexual violence on our athletic teams and our campus.”