(The Lyfe News) Florida State University has begun a disciplinary investigation against their top quarterback Jameis Winston in relation to 2012 accusations of rape by a female student.
It was reported that Florida State officials interviewed the woman last month. She initially reported the alleged rape to police in December 2012.
“They assured us that the Title IX process was going to move forward,” said John Clune, a Title IX attorney representing the woman. “The interview went pretty well. I think it was a positive experience, and everyone felt like the university was taking it very seriously.”
Clune told USA Today that FSU officials interviewed two other people but that he does not know if Winston has been interviewed.
“We expect that there will be code of conduct charges that will be brought,” he said. “There’s no basis not to bring those charges now.”
Title IX mandates schools investigate and adjudicate cases of sexual harassment and violence regardless of any criminal investigation, and should not wait for any criminal investigation to conclude.
Florida State did not meet with Winston until January, more than a year after the alleged assault after he led the Seminoles to a BCS national championship and unbeaten season.
David Cornwell, an Atlanta attorney who is an advisor to Winston, told USA TODAY Sports that he expects the investigation to have the same results as the one conducted by the state attorney that ended in December 2013 without charges being filed.
“There is clearly a Title IX investigation commenced. There’s no question, but it’s not because the university did something wrong. It’s not because these Colorado lawyers forced them to do something. It is because (the woman) refused to be interviewed previously and now she’s willing to be. That’s the only reason.
“Secondly, there’s a Title IX process going on. It doesn’t matter because we expect this process to have the same results as the prior ones did, which is no wrongdoing.”