Patty Crawford, Baylor University's former Title IX coordinator, appeared on CBS This Morning after resigning from her position earlier this week.
In her appearance, she talked about how, after the position was vacant for three years before she took the job as coordinator, the number of reports and investigations increased exponentially but that the university did all it could to interfere with the process.
“I continued to work hard and the harder I worked, the more resistance I received from senior leadership. That became clear that that was not something the university wanted and in July, I made it clear and ready that I had concerns and that the university was violating Title IX and my environment got worse,” Crawford said.
She noted that not only did Baylor stand in her way, but that the school also illegally took action in certain cases where the Title IX coordinator was the only person authorized to take such actions.
“I never had the authority, the resources, or the independence to do the job appropriately, which the Department of Education writes in its guidance for Title IX coordinators in universities,” Crawford said, adding that the university was “making decisions only a Title IX coordinator should make, based on protection for the brand.”
Crawford's lawyer Rogge Dunne also joined the CBS This Morning interview to address reports of how Baylor attempted to negotiate Crawford's exit and possible silence.
KENS 5 sister station KCEN reported Baylor's response to Crawford's then-upcoming interview by stating that she asked for a million dollars as well as the power to retain movie and book deal rights.
But it appears that Baylor broke the law by commenting on the negotiations. When Dunne was asked about those allegations, he refused to answer, citing state law that prevents he and his client from doing so.
“There was a mediation and Texas law is quite clear that you cannot comment on what took place at the mediation," Dunne said. "In a desperate attempt to smear Patty, what they’ve done is violated Texas law. Believe me, there’s nothing I would rather tell you than what went on in that mediation because it’s in favor of Patty, but the law says that you can’t do that and we choose to follow the law, unlike Baylor University.”
Indeed, according to the civil practice and remedies code of the Texas constitution, Sec. 154.073 states, in part:
"... a communication relating to the subject matter of any civil or criminal dispute made by a participant in an alternative dispute resolution procedure, whether before or after the institution of formal judicial proceedings, is confidential, is not subject to disclosure, and may not be used as evidence against the participant in any judicial or administrative proceeding."
It is possible that Crawford didn't accept payment or name names in the CBS This Morning interview because it would affect any future civil litigation she or the school may file in the future.
You can watch the full interview from CBS This Morning here: