Big 12 asks Baylor for 'all documents' from sexual assault investigations

The Big 12 revealed Wednesday that it has "once again" requested Baylor provide the conference the "full information" related to investigations into sexual assaults at the school.

In a statement, the Big 12 board of directors said it is "gravely and deeply concerned" about reports of how Baylor and its athletic department have handled sexual assault allegations, reports that prompted the termination of football coach Art Briles, the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw and the demotion of president Kenneth Starr.

"On May 24, 2016, the Big 12 Board requested a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the sexual assaults at the University," the statement said. "At this time the Board is only privy to information that has been made available to the public."

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a letter to Baylor interim president David Garland requesting "all documents" from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which Baylor hired last fall to review the school's response to sexual assault allegations. The Big 12 board is demanding that Baylor give the league "unedited" information, including "any that has been conveyed orally," with only the names of involved students redacted. The Big 12 is also requesting that Baylor provide the conference with all of the school's internal documents pertinent to the investigation.

"All of our member universities consider student safety and security to be paramount among institutional responsibilities," Bowlsby said in the statement. "The Big 12 board of directors, each member of the conference and its student-athletes want to convey that our thoughts, concerns and sympathies are with the Baylor survivors and their families."

The Big 12 added that it needs more information to "facilitate fair competition among its members and compliance to the rules of both the conference and NCAA."

Baylor spokeswoman Tonya Lewis issued a statement that stated Garland received the letter from Bowlsby, and is reviewing the Big 12's request.

"Dr. Garland would like to reiterate that the Findings of Fact fully reflect the themes, core findings and failings identified in the investigation - while omitting the documentation of individual cases and names supporting these findings," the statement read.