UT-Dallas Says Former Baylor Student Won't Return to Campus

Steven Pickering
December 13, 2018 - 7:35 am
Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation.

Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP

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DALLAS (KRLD) - A former Baylor University student who transferred to UT-Dallas while facing sexual assault allegations will not return to UTD. School administrators made that announcement after an on-line petition calling for the removal of Jacob Anderson from the school gathered 20-thousand signatures.

Anderson left Baylor and enrolled in UTD while facing sexual assault charges. He resolved that case this week with a plea bargain to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. The sentence imposed in that case does not include jail time and Anderson will not be required to register as a sex offender.

UTD student Kelsey Casto started a petition on MoveOn.org calling for Anderson to be removed from the school. He is set to receive his degree next week.

UTD President Richard C. Benson released a statement that Anderson would not attend commencement activities next week and would not return to the campus, either as a student or a guest.

"We were elated," said Casto. "It's better than we expected. We didn't think we were going to hear a response that soon. It's great. We got what we were aiming for. We're really proud of our school."

President Benson's statement says that UT Dallas admitted Anderson without knowing his legal history. "I am grateful to the UT Dallas students, faculty and other community members who have shared their concerns, disappointment and outrage over this student's presence on our campus."

Casto says she understands how Anderson could have been admitted to UTD in 2016. "To some degree, the onus is on him if he wasn't forthcoming with what was going on at the time," she said, "So we're not super-mad at them about that. But we're really pleased with the  action and the responsibility they've taken."