Thursday, October 06, 2016


Political Mayhem Thursday

I was going to write today about the vice-presidential debate, but the main take-away from that seems to be "Wow, those guys talk over each other a lot!

Instead, let's talk about the latest messiness at Baylor which turned into a spectacle spilling over to CBS' morning show yesterday. Earlier this week, all of the following happened (according to reports from the Waco Tribune-Herald and KWTX-TV):

-- Patty Crawford has been the Title IX coordinator at Baylor since 2014, charged with overseeing the University's response to sexual assaults.

-- She filed a complaint with the Department of Education's Title IX department, complaining that Baylor had taken away her authority. Specifically, she described Baylor's Reagan Ramshower as working against her.

-- Mediation took place. Baylor offered $1,550,000 to settle the complaint and  ensure that Crawford did not talk publicly about these events.

-- Mediation failed. Crawford quit her job and is already talking about what happened publicly. At the heart of her claims is the assertion that Baylor chose to "protect its brand" rather than properly address sexual assault claims.

My observation is this: If Baylor is paying (or offering people) $1.5 million to keep things out of the courts and the press, something very wrong has been going on. That money comes, one expects, from endowment money or tuition-- that is, from charitable donations people made to the school, or from the tuition money that families pay to the school. 

I wish I had something to say about this that might be productive. I wish there was something anyone associated with this blog could say that might be productive.

Prayers for Baylor. Prayers for Baylor Nation.
Protect what brand? Baylor isn't a brand, it's a university! A sacred institution of higher learning, a place for students to develop and grow as people. Baylor should protect its students, protect human knowledge!

Quit running schools like businesses.
She was also demanding book and movie rights, and in addition $2,000,00. The only question that remains is whether she actually has a case against the university or was merely not doing the job.
That was $2 million.
It sounds terrible, on the face of it, that Baylor would be negotiating that much of its money for a settlement. The whole situation is awful, any way you look at it.

Looking at it with a more dispassionate eye, it would be interesting to know how common this kind of settlement offer is in higher-ed HR; how often are huge sums of money involved? It seems as though I've read about high-profile college coaches and college presidents who are offered astronomical buy-out packages or severance packages. Somehow colleges come up with that money. I'm not saying it's right; I'm just saying it's probably done more often than we realize.
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