Baylor regents reject review of sexual assault investigation

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University regents say they have "full confidence" in a previous investigation into campus sexual and physical assault reports and reject calls from a group of major donors for a third-party review.

Baylor regents said in a statement Monday that they voted unanimously against further review of the investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton. That probe led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departures of President Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw.

The Bears for Leadership Reform group, led by several of Baylor's top donors, has complained that the full investigation hasn't been publicly released.

"Today's decision by the Board only reinforces BLR's belief that this scandal is the result of a failure of culture that has its roots in a failure of leadership," the Bears for Leadership Reform group said in a statement expressing disappointment with the regents' vote. "Secrecy and innuendo must be replaced by truth and total transparency. Scapegoating and deflection must yield to full accountability. And the Board must reform and change how it operates to restore Baylor's integrity and ensure a brighter future."

The regents' statement did not mention a libel lawsuit filed last week by Briles against three board members and a senior Baylor official. Briles' attorney, Ernest Cannon, said the board should release the entire investigation.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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