Former Baylor president Ken Starr knew about allegations of domestic violence by former running back Devin Chafin and failed to respond properly to the matter, according to the plaintiff in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the university.
Dolores Lozano, a former Baylor student, was allegedly assaulted by Chafin three times during her time at Baylor. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald’s Phillip Ericksen, her suit claims Starr learned of a March 2014 incident where Chafin allegedly choked Lozano and threatened her, but Starr failed to investigate the allegations.
Lozano said Starr met with Chafin to talk about the accusations, but did not report the alleged incident to university officials who would have had to investigate Lozano’s claims.
Chafin was dismissed from the Baylor program in May 2016 following an arrest on charges of marijuana possession. He played last season at Division-II Missouri Southern.
According to Lozano, she first reported the incident to Chafin’s position coach, Jeff Lebby, who said he would talk to Chafin but took no further action.
She later told then-acrobatics and tumbling coach LaPrise Harris-Williams, whom Lozano worked for as a manager. Harris-Williams told an associate athletic director and Baylor’s director of sports ministry about the allegations, but neither reported the alleged incident to the proper university officials, according to the suit.
Harris-Williams has since resigned from her position at Baylor.
Baylor is currently facing six Title IX lawsuits over how it handled allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault against its students.