Florida State Being Investigated for Handling of Winston Case

Published on 3-Apr-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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Florida State Being Investigated for Handling of Winston Case

Jameis Winston my not be the only one in hot water.

Florida State itself is now being investigated by the US Department of Education for violating Title XI laws during the Winston rape case.

According to USA Today, the university may have violated the law when they only interviewed Winston and for delaying the investigation.

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.

Here's why the feds are taking the issue more seriously:

It sounds like Florida State just took the word of the Tallahasse Police Department and didn't dig deeper. Were they worried about what they might find?

So, what does all of this mean? Especially if something like this wasn't the first time?

Possibly a huge fine and, more than likely, the suspension of Winston and anyone else involved if the school violated these laws.

Penn State got hit hard after Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of child molestion. If Florida State is determined to have been protecting Jameis Winston, it could be facing the same sort of sanctions. Or worse.