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Ex-Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez settles lawsuit with University

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Former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez, who was sexually assaulted by a football player, settled her Title IX lawsuit against the school, according to ESPN. 

Hernandez sued the school in 2016, alleging Baylor University did nothing to stop sexual assaults on campus, including incidents involving Tevin Elliott. Elliott is the former Baylor football player currently serving 20 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of sexually assaulting Hernandez five years ago.

Elliott was convicted in January 2014 for having sexually assaulted Hernandez at an off-campus party in 2012. In January 2016, she and two other women, who also said they were victimized by Elliott, spoke about their experiences on ESPN’s Outside the Lines with their identities concealed. They criticized Baylor for its handling of these sexual assaults, especially those involving football players. While Hernandez’s identity was concealed during the ESPN interview, since then Hernandez has been outspoken publicly to draw attention to the matter.

The lawsuit was filed two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation by law firm Pepper Hamilton that concluded that there were “institutional failures at every level” at Baylor in addressing sexual violence on campus.

Jasmin Hernandez’s lawyer, Alexander Zalkin, told The Associated Press that Hernandez settled the case over the weekend. Zalkin did not release details of any financial agreement. The attorney went on to say, “We are very proud of Jasmin for her courageous efforts to draw attention to the issue of campus sexual violence, and are honored to have been a part of this journey with her.”

Baylor University has faced as many as six lawsuits from women who say the university did nothing for years to stop sexual assaults on campus.

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