In a significant legal development, a federal jury rendered a verdict on Tuesday, finding Baylor University negligent in a Title IX lawsuit and awarding $270,000 in damages to a former student who alleged she was physically abused by a football player in 2014. This lawsuit was brought during a period of extensive scandal at the nation's largest Baptist university.
The jury, presiding in a Waco courtroom, ruled in favor of the former student, Dolores Lozano, asserting that Baylor had "maintained a policy of deliberate indifference to reports of sexual harassment," putting her at risk. The damages awarded were for negligence by Baylor, but not for a Title IX violation.
This verdict comes just a month after Baylor reached a settlement in a separate federal lawsuit, brought by 15 women who claimed they were sexually assaulted while attending the university. This case was the largest associated with a scandal that ultimately resulted in the removal of the university's president and football coach, Art Briles. Cowboy Channel