Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

Two women who alleged being sexual assaulted by multiple football players in 2012 have reached a financial settlement with Baylor University, reports ESPN.

According to the report, the sexual assaults had not been reported in the media and the women never sued the school.

Baylor interim president David E. Garland says the football players accused for these sexual assaults and the athletic department officials who received the report are no longer a part of the university.

The school has said 17 women have reported 19 sexual or physical assaults involving football players in the last five years.

"It breaks my heart that even one student would be sexually assaulted while a part of this university," Garland said. "I offer my sincere apologies, both personally and on behalf of the university, that we did not do more to prevent, respond to or support the care of these young women."

"Since the time of the reported assaults, Baylor has established a full-time Title IX office, created a specific Title IX policy and instituted a prevention and education program for all students, faculty and staff," the statement said.

Baylor is being investigated for its handling of sexual assault cases after an independent review conducted by the law firm Pepper Hamilton found the football program and athletic department had failed in its handling of numerous sexual assault and domestic violence cases involving football players.

University president Ken Starr was demoted and later resigned, athletic director Ian McCaw was suspended and resigned, and head coach Art Briles was fired as a result of the Pepper Hamilton report.

- Scooby Axson

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