Statement from Baylor University, Aug. 21, 2015

August 21, 2015

WACO, Texas (Aug. 21, 2015) -- Statement from Baylor University concerning the conviction of former student-athlete Sam Ukwuachu:

Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a caring Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established and fully staffed a Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.

After consulting this afternoon with the Baylor board of regents, the executive council and academic leadership, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr called for a comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with this case and the conduct of the offices involved. The review will be led by Jeremy Counseller, professor of law, faculty athletics representative to the Big 12 Conference and NCAA and a former Assistant Criminal District Attorney. Mr. Counseller will engage others in his review as necessary and will submit his report to the president at the conclusion of his inquiry. After analysis of his report, President Starr will determine what additional action may be necessary.

Previous Statements:

Aug. 20, 2015: Statement from Baylor University

Additional Updates:

Sept. 3, 2015: Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr - Keeping Baylor Nation Informed

Sept. 2, 2015: Board of Regents Announces Outside Counsel

Aug. 28, 2015: Baylor President Ken Starr Statement on Internal Inquiry, Next Steps

Aug. 21, 2015: Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr - Our Stand Against Sexual Violence

Aug. 21, 2015: Statement From Coach Art Briles and Release of Baylor's Transfer Information Request Form From Boise State University