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Former Baylor president Starr leaves law school post

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Former Baylor president Ken Starr announced Friday that he is leaving his position as a tenured faculty member of the university’s law school.

The school and Starr issued a joint statement Friday morning announcing that “Starr will be leaving his faculty status and tenure at Baylor University’s Law School. The mutually agreed separation comes with the greatest respect and love Judge Starr has for Baylor and with Baylor’s recognition and appreciation for Judge Starr’s many contributions to Baylor.”

The school’s regents, after receiving a report reviewing and condemning how the school handled sexual assault cases that included members of the football team, acted on May 26. They reassigned Starr, fired head football coach Art Briles and put athletic director Ian McCaw on probation. Two days later, Starr resigned as chancellor but announced he would remain as the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor University Law School.

Starr, whose previously claim to fame involved his investigation that led to impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, was named Baylor’s president in June 2010.

It’s unknown if Starr had teaching assignments scheduled for the fall semester. If he did, the departure just before school starts could cause some scrambling at the university’s law school.

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