Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has started looking into the way Florida State handled sexual assault allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston.
A Florida State student claimed she was raped by Winston in December 2012 and school officials met with the quarterback in January 2013 to discuss the matter.
However, the school might have violated federal law by delaying its investigation and meeting with Winston alone, despite legal advice to the contrary.
In December, Florida authorities announced that Winston would not face criminal charges in the case, but his accuser filed a federal complaint about the school’s handling of it in March.
Failure to comply with federal Title IX laws, which cover sexual harassment and violence, can result in a school losing its federal funding.
Winston’s accuser filed her complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in March, 16 months after she first reported the incident.
Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy in the week after learning he would not face charges, is currently playing for the Seminoles baseball team. He will be a sophomore for the coming football season.