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Online petition to keep Baylor president reaches more than 1,600 supporters

Online petition to keep Baylor president reaches more than 1,600 supporters

Vincent (started petition) & Chelsea Harris Vincent (started petition) & Chelsea Harris
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An online petition to keep Judge Ken Starr as Baylor President has already reached more than 1,600 supporters in less than a day.

Baylor alumnus Vincent Harris who created the petition on Tuesday said it aims to show the Board of Regents, the Baylor community is rallying behind Starr.

This comes a day after an Austin blog reported Starr will either take another position at the school or leave Baylor entirely over the university's handling of sexual assault accusations.

Several people commenting in the petition said Starr has brought positive changes to the university during his tenure. Some of the comments state Starr should not be the scapegoat for what happened.

“He is a strong leader. I think we should trust Ken Starr to lead us through this and not dismiss him and see that’s going to fix all the problems, because that’s not going to absolutely not,” said Harris.

Harris said if Starr is no longer the president of the university, the community deserves an explanation.

“If we are going to dismiss a man who is cherished by the Baylor community. We need to understand exactly why he is being dismissed and we need to see more importantly for the sake of the student body what actually happened in that report [conducted by Pepper Hamilton],” said Harris.

Pepper Hamilton, a law firm, was retained by the board last fall to conduct a comprehensive review on the university’s response to interpersonal violence.

Harris plans on taking the petition to the Board of Regents before June 3. The University said on Tuesday, will make an announcement then.

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