Baylor University is in the news once again. This time, a former female student has filed a lawsuit against the university where she alleges the football program has fostered a culture of drugs, alcohol and sex. The woman believes that the program provided recruits with alcohol and illegal drugs, while coached encouraged female students in the Baylor Bruins hostess program to have sex with recruits and players.
The lawsuit also alleges that 31 Baylor football players committed 52 acts of rape, including five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014. The woman alleges that she was raped by then-Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman on April 18, 2013. Both Armstead and Chatham were previously named as suspects in a sexual assault case related to that date but were not charged.
The suit also states that one of the victim’s attackers, Chatham, was accused of rape once before but the suit alleges that Baylor failed to intervene. According to the suit, the football program and former head coach Art Briles created a “show ’em a good time” culture and “used sex to sell” the program to recruits.
The suit alleges Baylor did not investigate the woman’s claims, as is required by Title IX, and that Armstead was allowed to remain on campus, while Chatham transferred schools. In the fall of 2015, Baylor’s newly created Title IX office investigated the complaint against Armstead and he was eventually found responsible for rape and expelled in the spring of 2016. I
If any of these allegations against the school turn out to be true, Baylor should expect a harsh and well-deserved penalty from the NCAA, perhaps even the death penalty.
The Title IX lawsuit, filed by a former member of the Bruins, is the second such lawsuit filed against Baylor this week. It is the sixth federal lawsuit Baylor faces in the wake of an investigation that revealed the university failed to properly respond to and address allegations of sexual assault committed by students, including football players.