Judge: Baylor must release records from sexual assault investigation

Aug. 11, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.
Updated Aug. 11, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. The NCAA board of governors has adopted a policy that requires sexual violence education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. Campus leaders such as athletic directors and school presidents will be required to attest that athletes, coaches and administrators have been educated on sexual violence each year. The move follows a number of high-profile assault cases, including Baylor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. The NCAA board of governors has adopted a policy that requires sexual violence education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. Campus leaders such as athletic directors and school presidents will be required to attest that athletes, coaches and administrators have been educated on sexual violence each year. The move follows a number of high-profile assault cases, including Baylor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)   AP for The Victoria Advocate

By JUAN A. LOZANO

Associated Press

HOUSTON — A judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over information —including interview recordings and documents — provided to a law firm hired amid a sexual assault scandal that rocked the nation’s largest Baptist school.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin ruled Friday materials must be provided to attorneys representing women suing Baylor because the university had waived attorney-client privilege protections when it made public a summary of the law firm’s investigation.

Chad Dunn, one attorney for the women, called the ruling a “very important step” in understanding what Baylor’s policies were.

A Baylor spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Baylor faces federal lawsuits from more than a dozen women who contend school officials ignored or suppressed assault claims and fostered a rape culture within the football program.


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