Starr resigns from second leadership role

'The captain goes down with the ship,' the former president said

On Wednesday, Kenneth Starr told ESPN that he is resigning from chancellor of Baylor University, effective immediately.

The announcement comes just a few days after he resigned from president. Starr says he will remain a professor at Baylor's law school.

His announcement is one of many changes at the university after an independent review found a "fundamental failure" in how Baylor "implement[s] Title IX." According to the report, Baylor officials did not adequately support students who filed complaints of sexual violence. The investigation also discovered that administrators "directly discouraged" some complainants and retaliated against one student.

In wake of the report, Starr resigned from the role of president but said at the time that he would continue to serve as chancellor and law professor. The board of regents also fired Baylor's head coach and announced several other plans to improve the campus climate.

Starr said Wednesday he "didn't know what was happening" regarding how Baylor handled sexual assault cases, but he "willingly accepted responsibility."

"The captain goes down with his ship," he told ESPN.

Starr acknowledged that the university should be more transparent in the future. "We need to put this horrible experience behind us," he said. "We need to be honest" (Schlabach et al., AP/ESPN, 6/1; Inside Higher Ed, 6/1).


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