Bears for Leadership Reform 'extremely disappointed' in regents denial of independent review

Posted at 4:56 PM, Dec 12, 2016

The Bears for Leadership Reform said they’re extremely disappointed that the Baylor University Board of Regents denied their request to launch a joint independent investigation into the university’s handling of sexual assault.

The BLR president, John Eddie Williams, issued the following statement in response to the university decision:

“Bears for Leadership Reform is extremely disappointed that the Baylor University Board of Regents has denied our request for a joint, independent investigation into the University’s handling of sexual and domestic assaults on our campus.

For months, Baylor regents have stonewalled and deflected blame, ignoring the voices of thousands of members of the Baylor Family who seek the truth about this unconscionable scandal. Today’s decision by the Board only reinforces BLR’s belief that this scandal is the result of a failure of culture that has its roots in a failure of leadership.

Secrecy and innuendo must be replaced by truth and total transparency. Scapegoating and deflection must yield to full accountability. And the Board must reform and change how it operates to restore Baylor’s integrity and ensure a brighter future.”

The Baylor University Board of Regents reaffirmed that it has full confidence in the Pepper Hamilton investigation on Monday.

The board appointed a special committee in October to review the finding of the investigation.

After reviewing the investigation, the committee "found no facts to support concerns raised and concluded that the Pepper Hamilton investigation was comprehensive, unbiased and professional."

The investigation reviewed how Baylor responded to multiple sexual assault allegations between 2011 and 2015.

The findings of the investigation led to leadership changes and the adoption of 105 recommendations to improve Title IX compliance across the campus.

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