Two women who attended Baylor University have joined a Title IX civil rights lawsuit against the school, citing that the school did not do enough to investigate their sexual assault cases.
Their addition brings the total number of women who have filed suit against the school to eight. The first lawsuit was filed on June 15 and less than two weeks later three more plaintiffs were added to the case.
Also on Monday, Baylor announced that the school's Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford resigned, saying she was "disappointed in her role in implementing the recommendations that resulted."
Her statement is in reference to an independent investigation looking into how the school handled sexual assault allegedly committed by students, including members of the football team.
In the latest lawsuit, the two women, listed as "Jane Doe 7" and "Jane Doe 8," say they have suffered mentally and physically as a result of the school's failure to act.
"Jane Doe 7" alleges that she was assaulted by two fellow Baylor students in May 2009, and Jane Doe 8 reported her assault in March 2015.
Baylor hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton earlier this year 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.
Briles was ultimately fired, university president Ken Starr was demoted and later resigned, athletic director Ian McCaw was suspended and resigned, and other department employees were fired as a result of the report.
Crawford is slated to appear on “CBS This Morning” tomorrow morning to discuss her resignation.
“Ms. Crawford wants to make sure her story is told so the public knows what is really going on at Baylor and women there can receive the protection they deserve,” her attorney said in a statement.
– Scooby Axson