Nine years ago, Dolores Lozano claims she was violently assaulted by a Baylor football player and her boyfriend at the time. In 2016 she filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that – despite having gone to administrators and football program leaders – her alma mater had been negligent in its handling of her reports of domestic violence and, as a result, violated her rights under the Title IX federal civil rights law. On Tuesday, a Waco jury found Baylor liable. It’s the only Title IX case to go before a jury and reach this verdict and involved the testimonies of former Baylor head football coach Art Briles and former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw. The decision comes just weeks after Baylor settled the largest case of the scandal: a 2016 federal lawsuit brought by 15 women who alleged they were sexually assaulted. Now that the trial has wrapped, let’s talk with the reporter who has been covering this beat since 2015.
Dan Solomon is a senior editor at Texas Monthly, where he has covered topics from the Baylor sexual assault scandal to the gentrification of Austin barbecue to the legacy of Texas outsider artist Daniel Johnston. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, Fast Company, Billboard, and Deadspin.
Read Dan’s reporting on the Baylor sexual assault scandal:
- A Jury Found Baylor Liable for Failing to Prevent Violence Against a Student
- The Most Puzzling Moments From Art Briles’s Testimony in the Baylor Title IX Lawsuit
- Silence at Baylor (from August 2015; co-reported with Jessica Luther)
- How Baylor Happened (from February 2019; co-reported with Luther)
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