Baylor University's continued stance on sexual ethics


Recently the Baylor Board of Regents changed the language of their student conduct policy. This action has been represented in a number of ways through headlines and news reports. Judge Ken Starr, president of Baylor University, sent us the following memo to help us understand the actions of Baylor and to clarify the misunderstandings that have accompanied this action. Please note the following from Judge Starr:

Recent news reports of changes to Baylor's sexual conduct policy have unfortunately employed sensational headlines that have created misunderstandings about our policy.

In fact, Baylor's sexual conduct policy remains unchanged. Our policy continues to state that Baylor will be guided by the Biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God and that physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity. In the application of our policy we rely on the historic Baptist expression of marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman.

Baylor's articulation of its policy required updating. Previously, this policy had been called a "Sexual Misconduct Policy." As we do not identify other policies similarly - we have no "misspending" policy, for example - we thought it wise to make language changes to the existing policy, which also included the elimination of an extensive but incomplete list of prohibited sexual behaviors and crimes.

I hope this helps answer your questions or concerns.

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