The Big 12 Board of Directors decided Tuesday that Baylor has done everything recommended in the Pepper Hamilton investigation which was spurred by a series of sexual assault allegations.
It will still cost the university at least three million dollars.
The Big 12 has withheld more than $14 million in revenue distribution from the university since the investigation started. From that amount, the Big 12 will take $1.6 million for legal costs.
The rest will be invested with the earnings going to the other members of the Big 12.
They will use it for on-campus education against sexual and gender based harassment, intimate partner violence, and other programs.
At the end of four years, the board will decide how much of the money to return to Baylor, minus a $2 million fine for damaging the reputation of the Big 12.
Dr. Linda Livingstone sent out a statement about Tuesday’s decision:
Dear Baylor Family:
I am pleased to report that the Big 12 Conference has completed its Verification Review of Baylor University’s 105 recommendations in response to past reports of sexual assault and interpersonal violence within our campus community and has confirmed all recommendations as complete and implemented. Additionally, the Big 12 has affirmed Baylor’s compliance with all relevant conference bylaws and the University’s receipt of full league financial distributions moving forward.
This is now the second external verification of our completion of the 105 recommendations, which have already helped the University prevent and respond to reports of sexual assault and interpersonal violence on our campus. We know that this is a very important issue, not only for Baylor, but for each of our Big 12 member institutions and other colleges and universities nationwide.
The comprehensive report of the Big 12’s Oversight Committee is publicly available at Big 12 Board of Directors Conclude Baylor Verification Process, along with the resolution approved Monday by the conference’s presidents and chancellors.
Today’s announcement provides another testament to Baylor’s unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff through our training, education and response efforts within a caring community. It also underscores Baylor’s strength and resilience as we continue on our path to becoming the preeminent Christian research university and competing at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics.
We look forward to communicating with you again later this week as we prepare for Homecoming and the launch of Give Light.
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.