Baylor’s former Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford says the school retaliated against her concerning the handling of several high-profile sexual assault cases.
Crawford appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday with her attorney just days after she resigned from her position, citing disappointment “in her role in implementing the recommendations that resulted” after an independent investigation suggested changes in how Baylor probed such cases.
On Monday, two women who attended Baylor joined a Title IX civil rights lawsuit, alleging the school did not do enough to investigate their sexual assault cases. Eight women have now filed suit against the school since June.
Crawford said she believes Baylor did not nothing to investigate her concerns about how the school went about investigating sexual assault allegations.
“I think Baylor set me up to fail from the beginning. The harder I worked, the more resistance I got.” Crawford said. “I was being retaliated against for fighting discrimination.”
KWTX-10 reported that Crawford filed a retaliation complaint against Baylor with the school’s Human Resources Department, which led to settlement talks.
According to the report, Baylor wanted to pay Crawford $1.5 million, with an additional $50,000 for signing a confidentiality agreement. Crawford reportedly upped her asking price to $2 million, but when Baylor refused, she quit after less than two years on the job.
Crawford’s resignation was the latest in the fallout over Baylor and its football program.
Baylor hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to investigate the school’s response to sexual assault allegations.
The 13-page report, released in May, said that football coaches and staff interfered with investigations into sexual assault complaints against players, and possibly interfered with potential criminal proceedings.
The same day the report was released, head coach Art Briles was suspended and was later fired.
– Scooby Axson