A federal judge has ruled that the lawsuit filed against Baylor involving ten women will be allowed to proceed through legal process. One woman involved in the lawsuit claims to have been raped by a football player the university.
The ruling allows attorneys to continue the investigation; requesting school records and conducting interviews relevant to the lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman cited in his 27 page report that each woman involved in the lawsuit “has plausibly alleged that Baylor was deliberately indifferent to her report(s) of sexual assault, depriving her of educational opportunities to which she was entitled.”
One of the previous points of contention was the statute of limitations on the alleged incidents.
The judge ruled that the statute of limitations did not begin until the spring of 2016, “when media reports regarding the rampant nature of sexual assault on Baylor’s campus first came to light.”
Baylor continues to contend that the claimants failed to notify the proper authorities about the incidents in question. Judge Pitman also address this, stating that the involvement of the Baylor Police Department and the Baylor Counseling Center were appropriate venues.
The women had also filed claims under Texas state law for negligence and breach of contract, but Pitman dismissed those claims, saying they were not supported by the facts of the case.