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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. The first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nation's largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations has settled her case, her attorney said Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Baylor University settled with a woman who claimed the school mishandled her rape case



Baylor University has reached a settlement with a woman who sued the school, alleging it ignored or mishandled rape cases.

Jasmin Hernandez filed a lawsuit against Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that revealed the nation's largest Baptist school had mishandled or ignored rape or assault cases for years. In addition, the investigation found that the school's football program had been acting as if it were "above the rules."

As a result, Baylor fired its football coach, Art Briles, and reprimanded athletic director Ian McCaw in May 2016. In addition, university President Ken Starr was demoted that same year. Both Briles and McCaw were initially named as defendants in the lawsuit Hernandez filed against the school. Hernandez later asked a judge to release them from the case.

Hernandez's lawyer said all parties settled the case over the weekend. He, however, declined to reveal any details of the financial agreement they reached.

Baylor previously tried to settle with Hernandez, who was raped by former football player Tevin Elliott in 2012. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In her lawsuit, Hernandez claimed the university knew that Elliott had a history of assaults but failed to protect her and others who were attacked.

Baylor has been hit with a slew of federal lawsuits since it released the Pepper Hamilton report in May 2016.

The university has reached settlements with several women but still faces multiple lawsuits. Many of the lawsuits allege that Baylor used its strict honor code against premarital sex and alcohol use to silence victims and witnesses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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