AUSTIN, Texas, May 24 (Reuters) - Baylor University declined to comment on reports on Tuesday that Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel charged with investigating Bill Clinton during his presidency who is now the president of the world's largest Baptist college, has been fired over sexual abuse scandals at the school.
In the past several months, the central Texas university has faced criticism of not doing enough to investigate reports of rapes of female students by its male athletes.
Local TV broadcaster KCEN reported on Tuesday that Starr had been fired, citing sources close to the Board of Regents.
"We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3," the school said in a statement.
In March, a former student at Baylor brought a negligence lawsuit in federal court against the school, claiming it acted callously and indifferently after she was raped by a Baylor football player.
In a separate scandal, Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced last year by a Texas judge to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a fellow student in 2013.
That incident raised questions about how Baylor investigates sexual assaults. The judge in the trial deemed the school's investigation so insufficient that he barred defense from citing it.
Following that case, Baylor asked for an independent investigation of its handling of sexual assault accusations. A report, yet to be made public, was recently submitted to the Board of Regents, the group that can fire Starr.
Starr became the 14th president of Baylor in 2010.
Starr, a former appeals court judge, in the mid-1990s was appointed as a special counsel to investigate then President Clinton over a real estate investment and other matters. His probe widened to include Clinton's sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and led to Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives.
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Ken Starr reportedly fired as Baylor president, university declines comment
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Gennifer Flowers (R) blows a kiss to talk show host Larry King (L) during her live interview on CNN's Larry King Live show in Hollywood, CA 23 January. According to reports leaked to the press, US President Bill Clinton admitted during a deposition in the Paula Jones investigation to having an affair with Flowers while he was governor of Arkansas. (Photo credit should read RENE MACURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky is shown in three photos taken from her freshman, sophmore and junior yearbooks at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998. Whitewater prosecutors have expanded their investigation to determine whether President Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky and tried to get her to lie about it in an affidavit she gave in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit. (AP Photo/HO)
Dolly Kyle Browning poses in Dallas on Feb. 5, 1998. Mrs. Browning, a longtime female acquaintance of President Clinton, who previously said the two had a sexual relationship, has contended in a lawsuit that Clinton and associates took action to prevent her from publishing a "semi-autobiographical" novel. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court while the president was testifying by closed-circuit television to a federal grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File)
Former Miss America Elizabeth Ward poses with her Miss Arkansas crown in Hot Springs, Ark., on July, 13, 1981. Ward, now Elizabeth Ward Gracen, told the New York Daily News that she had consensual sex with Bill Clinton when he served as Arkansas governor. (AP Photo/File)
Former beauty queen Sally Perdue of Houston, Texas, announces plan Wed. May 16, 1990 to become the first American to run the length of the Great Wall of China. The 1958 Miss Arkansas said in 1992 that she had had an affair with Clinton in 1983. She claimed that she had been warned not to go public by a Democratic Party official. (AP Photo/str-Le Jen Chen)
An emotional Paula Jones takes a moment to compose herself as she addresses the media at a news conference in Dallas, Thursday, April 16, 1998. Jones and her attorneys will ask an appeals court to reverse a judge's dismissal of her lawsuit and force President Clinton to stand trial for sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
Friends of Juanita Broaddrick protest on the sidewalk in front of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign headquarters in New York, Aug. 19, 2000. The group protested Mrs. Clinton's lack of response to Broaddrick's allegation that she was raped in 1978 by then Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey speaks about her relationship with President Bill Clinton, May 11, 1999 in Washington, DC on the television show 'Hardball' with Chris Mathews. On September 21, 2000, Willey, now known as Kathleen Willey Schwicker, announced that she is suing Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton and other White House personnel for violations of privacy and civil rights. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)
The emergence of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, second from left in this combination picture, into the political spot light this week, has cast doubts on the character of President Clinton. The situations of other women, which have also raised questions on Clinton's character, are Gennifer Flowers, left, Paula Jones, third from left, and Kathleen Willey. (AP Photo)
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Republicans could not muster the two-thirds majority in the Senate needed to remove Clinton from office and Republicans were later punished at the polls for what many of them conceded was a perceived overzealousness in pursuing Clinton.
This month, Starr offered enthusiastic praise for Clinton, especially his years of philanthropic work after leaving the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
"His genuine empathy for human beings is absolutely clear," Starr was reported as saying at a panel discussion in Philadelphia. He referred to his investigation and the impeachment process as "the unpleasantness," it said. (Additional reporting by Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Frances Kerry)