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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A controversial deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid jail time is the latest in the sexual assault scandals that have dogged the Waco, Texas, school in recent years.

In the recent case, the suspect, Jacob Walter Anderson, was expelled from Baylor, but the alleged assault was among a series of alarming incidents to emerge as the private Christian university faced claims it fosters sexual violence.

Allegations of sexual assault, many involving the university’s championship football team, have led to a string of prosecutions, lawsuits and resignations of school officials.

Here are some key events in the Baylor scandals:

April 2012: Student alleges rape

Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez says she was raped twice at a party by football player Tevin Elliott. CNN doesn’t normally identify the victims of sexual assault, but Hernandez has publicly disclosed her name.

October 2013: Another student reports assault

A female soccer player at Baylor alleges that she was sexually assaulted by football player Sam Ukwuachu.

January 2014: Ex-player found guilty

Elliott is convicted of two counts of sexual assault and gets 20 years in prison.

August 2015: Second ex-player convicted

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, Sam Ukwuachu takes the stand during his trial at Wacos 54th State District Court, in Waco, Texas. The one-time All-American who transferred to play football at Baylor University has been convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student athlete in 2013.  (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Ukwuachu is convicted and gets a six-month sentence and 10 years’ probation.

Also, Baylor commissions a law firm to do an independent investigation into the school’s “institutional response to Title IX and related compliance issues.”

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs. The law also covers sexual harassment and sexual violence. If schools learn of harassment that creates a hostile environment, they are required to take actions to eliminate it, prevent it from happening again and address its effects.

The Pepper Hamilton law firm begins review of Baylor’s Title IX processes, including sexual assault or dating violence reports during 2011-2015.

February 2016: Fraternity president accused of sexual assault

A Baylor student alleges Jacob Anderson, president of Baylor’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, “repeatedly raped” her at a fraternity party.

March 2016: Victim Hernandez sues Baylor

Hernandez files a federal lawsuit against Baylor, alleging officials failed to investigate her assault.

May 2016: President, football coach are out

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Ken Starr is fired as president (and resigns as chancellor a week later); football coach Art Briles is out, too.

An investigation conducted by the Pepper Hamilton law firm says the school response to sexual violence was inadequate and the school “failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment.”

The firm also found problems within the athletic department, “including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player and to a report of dating violence.”

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus,” Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, said at the time. “This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students.”

The school said it will create a high-level task force to implement recommendations contained in the report.

July 2016: Another player indicted

Ex-Baylor football player Shawn Oakman was indicted in a sexual assault case in 2016.

Former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman is indicted on one count of sexual assault of a Baylor player in April 2016, DFW reports.

Oakman’s trial is set to take place on February 26, 2019, according to Rebecca Akins, office manager with the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office.

October 2016: Title IX coordinator resigns

Former Baylor Title IX administrator Patty Crawford resigns, CNN affiliate KWTX reported. She became the school’s first full-time Title IX coordinator in 2014.

And more students sue Baylor.

By this point, 10 students have alleged they were assaulted between 2004-2016 and have filed lawsuits against Baylor. The students accuse school employees, including the university’s doctors, police and counseling center, of failing to help them.

Baylor University did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuits.

March 2017: Texas Rangers investigate

The state’s top police agency opens an investigation about Baylor’s handling of sexual assault cases.