Baylor announces $5 million commitment to address interpersonal campus violence

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 16:19:01-04

Baylor University announced it will be continuing to address interpersonal violence in its campus with a $5 million commitment from the Board of Regents.

President and Chancellor of Baylor, Ken Starr, said new improvements will include increasing Title IX office resources, expanding the Counseling Center and enhancements to Baylor’s public safety efforts.

“We feel a deeply personal responsibility to our students to evaluate and improve continuously our educational efforts, processes and support resources around the response to interpersonal violence,” President Starr said.

The Title IX office will be receiving additional full-time staff dedicated to prevention training and complaint investigations. The office will also be receiving new technology and resources to help connect with students.

The Baylor Counseling Center will be adding licensed counselors and new weekly sexual assault survivor support programs. The staff will also be receiving new training about trauma experiences.

President Starr and the chair of the Baylor Board of Regents will establish a multi-disciplinary task force to act on Pepper Hamilton’s independent review.

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

“As we await the results of the Pepper Hamilton review, we will continue to address areas where improvements will lead to a safer campus culture,” President Starr said. “Our mission calls upon us to prepare leaders and servants for the entire world within a caring Christian community. We will continue diligently to pursue a supportive environment where care for one another is paramount in the pursuit of that mission.”

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