In a rare, public rebuke of both institutions, a former student at Baylor University has filed a complaint with the state of Ohio that accuses the university of violating Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination.
The student, who is identified only as M.S., told The Washington Post she was “disgusted and dismayed” by Baylor’s response to her complaint, which is not yet public.
She filed her complaint on Friday.
The university told The Post it is investigating her complaint.
In response to the Baylor student’s complaint, the state Education Department released a letter to the university stating that it would be considering whether to investigate the allegations.
“This case is in no way connected to the University’s recent Title IX policies, which have been effective and inclusive of all students,” the letter reads.
“Our office has received no formal complaint, and we do not intend to act on the complaint until we have reviewed all relevant evidence.”
The Education Department’s decision is based on a recommendation from a special panel appointed by Gov.
John Kasich in May that recommended Baylor be investigated for “failing to take steps to address alleged systemic sexual harassment and sexual violence” by a former Baylor student.
The Education Secretary’s letter said Baylor has “a longstanding culture of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct” and has failed to “promote a climate of mutual respect and respect for diversity.”
It also said Baylor failed to protect its students and staff against sexual harassment.
The letter said the university has taken steps to prevent the “unwelcome” conduct.
The report, which was sent to the schools’ heads of colleges and universities, comes after The Associated Press published a story this week that reported allegations of sexual assault against the university.
The AP report followed a complaint by an ex-student who says she was sexually assaulted by a senior in the basketball team.
The AP’s report prompted a public rebuke from President Donald Trump, who called the report “disgraceful” and said Baylor should not be considered a “safe place” for students.