Sexual Assault Task Force

Charged with the collaborative implementation of 105 recommendations for improvement to Baylor’s administrative and structural systems, policies, prevention, training and support related to sexual violence on our campus, the Sexual Assault Task Force leadership and action team members worked over the course of 16 months to implement recommended improvements and integrate operational responsibility for those improvements into functional departments of the University.

Continued improvement in our processes, policies and support for our students is an ongoing priority of Baylor University.

Purpose. On September 2, 2015, a Special Committee of Baylor University’s Board of Regents engaged Pepper Hamilton LLP, to conduct a thorough and independent external investigation into the university’s handling of cases of alleged sexual violence. As a result of this independent audit, Pepper Hamilton recommended a series of structural and administrative changes and in the summer of 2016, the Sexual Assault Task Force was designed to implement these changes.

Objectives. The Sexual Assault Task Force was formed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Follow the directives set forth by the Board of Regents of Baylor University
  2. Implement administrative and structural changes to areas within the Baylor University community based upon Pepper Hamilton’s recommendations
  3. Monitor and provide regular progress reports to the Executive Council

Format. The Task Force was divided into two groups:

  1. Members of the Action Team and
  2. The Team Leaders of each Implementation Team.

The Task Force met regularly during the summer and fall of 2016.