Nothing will ever be the same for Baylor after the Pepper Hamilton report. The news coming from the independent investigation into how the school handles sexual assault allegations started with swift leadership changes in the football program and university front office. Five months later some of those same issues highlighted by the report are back in the spotlight thanks to the resignation of the school's first Title IX coordinator, Patty Crawford.
Crawford's resignation was made official nearly in the dark of night -- at 11:54 p.m. CT to be exact. As the Title IX coordinator for Baylor, she was responsible for helping implement the recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton report that were accepted as mandate. While some public comments after her arrival in Nov. 2014 suggested progress in Waco, she now says that increased reporting of sexual assault was something the university did not want, alleging that senior leadership is more interested in protecting "the brand" than the students.
"I think Baylor set me up to fail, from the beginning, in November 2014," Crawford told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday in her first public comments since her resignation. "I continued to work very hard, and the harder I worked the more resistance I received from senior leadership. I increased reports by 700 percent during my time, and it became clear that was not something the university wanted. In July, I made it clear in writing that I had concerns that the university was violating Title IX and my environment got worse."
The day of Crawford's resignation, two more women joined a Title IX suit against Baylor. "Jane Doe 7" and "Jane Doe 8" claimed "Baylor failed to adequately investigate their cases." Jane Doe 7 alleges she was raped by two Baylor Students in May of 2009, and Jane Doe 8 says she was assaulted in March, 2015.
The initial suit with Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 was filed in June.
As Title IX coordinator, Crawford was charged to make sure students are not being discriminated against because of race or gender, including the handling of sexual assault allegations. Last week, she filed a complaint to the Office of Civil Rights against the university.
"The allegations [in the complaint] are that I never had the authority, the resources or the independence to do the job appropriately which the Department of Education writes in its guidelines for Title IX coordinators," Crawford said.
The Baylor fired back at Crawford in what will surely be a story that keeps this ongoing scandal in the headlines. A statement from the university, shown by "CBS This Morning," alleged that Crawford not only resigned but requested both a payment of $1 million and the rights to any future books or movies.
"Baylor University was surprised by the action taken by Patty Crawford given her public comments about the strong support she felt from across the University ... Her demand for one million dollars and her request to retain book and movie rights was troubling."
Crawford's attorney, on the "CBS This Morning" set for the interview, responded to Baylor's statement on her behalf. He said that any conversations of the sort took place in a mediation session that, by Texas law, should not be discussed in public. In calling Crawford out, he said, Baylor itself has violated Texas state law.