Baylor’s Investigation Of Sam Ukwuachu Was ShamefulDiana Moskovitz8/21/15 9:00amFiled to: Baylor BearsSam UkwuachuCollege FootballSexual AssaultRapeeditor's picks13961EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAs awareness has spread about rape—and pressure has increased on universities to prevent and address it among their students—two justice systems have formed. There’s the one we’ve had for centuries: the cops, the courts, and if it goes to trial, a verdict. Now there’s a second track, one where universities, under the legal weight of having to prevent sex discrimination and provide safe campuses, also investigate and render a decision. AdvertisementYou can see how this second system might provide some hope, with stories about our traditional criminal justice system’s failings feeling like a daily part of the news cycle. Surely universities—without the cash crunch of the legal system, but with an ideological commitment to fairness and openness and the truth—should do better. That’s why it stings so much when you learn of Baylor’s failure of an investigation into a football player accused and now convicted of sexual assault: it’s a betrayal, and not only to the victim. Baylor all but flat-out ignored evidence (which supported the woman’s story), allowed itself to consider evidence that is not allowed in Texas criminal courts (which supported the football’s player story), and in some areas just didn’t trouble itself to seek out readily available information. That’s what happens when a sexual predator can help your pass rush, I guess. And all this ineptitude would never have come to light until the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office gave a damn. Late last night, Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of one count of sexual assault, but up until that moment Baylor hadn’t even acknowledged that it had conducted an investigation into what happened on Oct. 20, 2013. When asked why he wasn’t playing football, his defensive coordinator said he had “some issues right now and won’t practice until we get them straightened out.” Two months ago, with an indictment handed down trial looming, the same coach said they expected him back. When I called and ask Baylor last week how they handled Ukwuachu’s allegations, they told me they didn’t want to talk about it.