Bears For Leadership Reform again calls for transparency in light of possible legislative action

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 15:32:12-04

In a teleconference Thursday morning, Bears For Leadership Reform (BLR) renewed their call for the Baylor Board of Regents transparency and lent support to Texas Legislators efforts sending the board another letter demanding more answers.

“Survivors of this tragedy and the entire Baylor family deserve to know what happened. We don’t need any more cover-ups we need to know everything.  There have 125 reports of sexual assaults between 2011-2015 that Baylor looked into," said John Eddie Williams, a member of BLR. 

Williams said they have not seen any sort of progress from the Board of Regents.

“Every week seeing new accusations, we’re finding ourselves in a drip, drip situation," said Williams. 

BLR said it seems the university is facing on a consistent onslaught of news issues from accreditation investigations, Title IX investigations and Texas Rangers looking into wrongdoing.

Liza Firmin said she’s frustrated that it’s taking legislative action, but thankful it may get them closer to the answers they seek.  

Currently, Texas legislators want to require schools that receive more than $5 million in Tuition Equalization Grants from the state to comply with open records laws.

“I do believe there is a responsible way we can compile a report I do believe there is a more responsible way to have shared the information to the Baylor Family,” Firmin said.

BLR fears that the secrecy is eclipsing university costs. According to the group, one expert estimated the university’s legal costs would be in excess of $220 million dollars.

“Our goal on behalf of the Baylor family is let's let the truth come out let's stop squandering our precious money on lawyers and lawsuits and cover ups let's spend it on educating the young people who have chosen to go to Baylor,” Williams said.

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