Feds investigating FSU over handling of rape allegation

Feds investigating FSU over handling of rape allegation against Jameis Winston

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A federal investigation is being conducted into how Florida State University handled rape allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston, the university confirms with FOX 35.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating the university for potentially violating Title IX laws.  The feds are trying to determine if the university was fair and acted quickly to address the rape allegations against their star football player and Heisman Trophy winner.  The university has said it has fulfilled all of its legal obligations under Title IX.

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on what it called a "flawed rape investigation" by the university and Tallahassee police.

FSU officials took umbrage at the newspaper's "characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions."  University officials said they also took issue with the paper's "suggestion that FSU underreports sexual assaults."  They called the report misleading and said they take all cases of sexual assault seriously and have programs designed to assist rape victims.

"Like other colleges and universities that are grappling with this issue, we actively provide programs and educate students on safe behavior, the meaning of consent and how to properly report cases of sexual misconduct. Contrary to the article's over-arching theme, FSU takes this matter seriously."

Winston was accused of raping a former student almost a year before the case was made public.  The State Attorney's Office did not file charges, citing a lack of evidence.  Attorneys for Winston have said their client did not assault anyone, and Winston, himself, has said he did nothing wrong.

Click here if you would like to read the article by The Times, and click here to read Florida State University's full response.

 

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