Baylor University Statement On Dismissal Of Dennehy Lawsuit

February 25, 2004

by Larry D. Brumley

The 19th Judicial District Court of McLennan County today entered an order dismissing all claims being asserted against Baylor University by Patrick Dennehy Sr. individually and as a representative of the estate of Patrick Dennehy Jr. The court's ruling followed well-established law that a university has no legal duty to prevent one of its students from committing a criminal act while off the premises at an event not sponsored by the university. Baylor deeply regrets the tragic and untimely death of Patrick Dennehy Jr. but is gratified that the court has clearly ruled that neither Baylor nor its representatives were responsible for this unfortunate event.