The NCAA is on Baylor’s case
Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the nation’s largest Baptist college, is under investigation by the NCAA for the sexual assault scandal that has rocked its football program. In court filings, the university’s lawyers admitted to the previously unconfirmed investigation and said the probe prevents it from handing over communications requested by women suing the university. The women claim administrators ignored their sexual assault claims, tried to cover up football players’ criminal behavior, and fostered a “culture of violence” in the football program. The resulting scandal led to university President Ken Starr’s demotion and his eventual resignation. Head football coach Art Briles, who denies covering up improper behavior, also lost his job. An outside law firm hired by Baylor to analyze what happened concluded some members of Briles’ staff had improper contact with victims and might have interfered with previous investigations. In addition to the NCAA probe, Baylor faces a criminal investigation by the local district attorney and the Texas Rangers. —L.J.
A University of Tennessee professor passed the compassion test with flying colors earlier this month when one of her students skipped class because she couldn’t find a babysitter for her 3-year-old daughter. Rather than berate Morgan King over her absence, professor Sally Hunter made a radical offer: Bring the child to class. Hunter told King she would be “absolutely delighted” to hold Korbyn while she taught. “I’m very serious with this offer—just bring Korbyn with you!” Hunter wrote in an email that went viral after King posted it to social media. When she got the professor’s message, King said she cried with gratitude. University Chancellor Beverly Davenport also took to social media to praise Hunter for recognizing the challenges some college students face and for her willingness to find a solution. —L.J.