Baylor Settles Lawsuit with Woman in Football Team Sexual Assault Scandal

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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Baylor University agreed to a settlement Thursday with a woman who sued the university after an alleged sexual assault. 

The unnamed woman was one of several who filed a lawsuit in federal court against the university, according to Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press. Vertuno wrote the women allege the school "ignored or mishandled sexual assault investigations for years."

The woman in the settled case "said in 2015 she was drugged and abducted from an off-campus residence where Baylor officials had received previous reports of assaults," per Vertuno.

The school has an extensive history of sexual assault allegations, including a reported 17 cases brought against 19 different Baylor student-athletes since 2011.

In May of this year, a student said she was gang raped by several members of the football team. 

The alleged assaults and a lack of institutional control led to the removal of both football head coach Art Briles and school president Ken Starr. 

No details or terms of the settlement agreement have been released.

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