Aside from civil litigation, it appears that the Jameis Winston “situation” at Florida State has come to an end. Possibly.
In a letter obtained by USA Today‘s Rachel Axon, associate vice president Allison Crume reaffirmed a mid-December decision made by former Florida state supreme court justice Major Harding that “the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that [Winston was] responsible for ANY of the charged violations of the [FSU Student] Code [of Conduct].” In that hearing, Winston had been facing up to four student code of conduct violations — two for sexual misconduct, two for endangerment — in connection to the alleged sexual assault of an FSU student in December of 2012.
The accuser, Erica Kinsman, had filed an appeal in January this year of Harding’s decision.
“After a careful review of your case record and all the materials created to this disciplinary matter, I am affirming the recommended decision,” Crume wrote in a letter obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “My decision constitutes a final agency action.”
It might not be the accuser’s final option, however. From Axon’s report:
Crume’s letter outlines an option for Kinsman to seek a judicial review, which is allowed under Florida law. Baine Kerr, a Title IX attorney for Kinsman, said they are considering that option. That petition would need to be filed within 30 days of FSU’s final decision.
Winston’s attorney/advisor, David Cornwell, took to Twitter earlier in the day to address the development.
In early January, Kinsman filed a federal lawsuit against FSU’s trustees, “[demanding] a trial by jury and in damages from Florida State University for Title IX violations of a ‘clearly unreasonable response’ and allowing a ‘hostile educational environment.'” Earlier this month, the university formally asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Winston left early for the NFL in January, and could very well be the first player selected in the April draft.