FSU Under Investigation For Handling Of Jameis Winston Case

Source: Rachel Axon / USA Today

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation of Florida State University into whether its handling of the Jameis Winston rape allegations violated Title IX laws, according to a letter confirming the decision that was obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

An FSU student said she was raped by Winston on Dec. 7, 2012. Deadspin reported Thursday that school officials met with Winston in late January to discuss the alleged assault. But as it attempts to comply with Title IX, the school might have further violated the law. Both a lengthy delay in conducting the investigation and a meeting only with Winston contradict guidance given to schools in 2011 by OCR.

Sexual harassment and violence are considered forms of sex discrimination under the 1972 federal law, which requires colleges and universities that receive federal funds to investigate claims of sexual assault and provide a timely and impartial grievance procedure to resolve those claims. Non-compliance with the law can result in the department revoking federal funding, although that has never happened.

Florida authorities announced on Dec. 5 that Winston would not face criminal charges, but an OCR investigation will put the case back in the spotlight. The woman filed her complaint with OCR in early March, 16 months after she reported the incident.

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  • Brad W

    The victim reported this crime immediately and the DNA belonged to Famous Jamis. She didn’t know who he was until she was able to identify him in class. The TPD never found evidence because they never looked for it. Why has he not come out in his own defense? Why has he not made any statement or declare his innocence? How does a college student that comes from a modest income family, end up with a team of advisors and lawyers?
    The Florida State community wanted a Championship, this was the year that it could happen. The victim was sacrificed in the name of Chief Osceola. When the chief plants that spear at the 50 yard line before each game, it is very symbolic of the transgressions that are permissible in the name of sport.
    The nation looks at FSU and the only people that don’t see that a terrible crime has been covered up are the supporters of FSU football. The alumni and boosters that paid for his defense and enabled a rapist are as much to blame as the criminal that violated this girl.
    Either way FSU’s National Championship will always have the asterisk * RAPIST MVP! The Fed’s need to pick this case up and find justice for these girls! There is enough evidence to bring charges, let the jury decide!…more

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