Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is under investigation by the University of Florida for the heavily-publicized rape allegations brought against him in December 2012. Though the Tallahassee Police Department decided not to charge Winston, he may now face code of conduct charges from Florida State.
John Clune, an attorney representing Winston’s accuser, says he expects conduct charges to be brought against Winston soon.
"They assured us that the Title IX process was going to move forward," Clune told USA Today. "The interview went pretty well. I think it was a positive experience, and everyone felt like the university was taking it very seriously."
Under Title IX, schools are required to investigate all claims of sexual assault regardless of the findings of law enforcement investigations.
Clune says that, unlike before, Winston’s accuser is now willing to be interviewed by officials. Clune says that given what investigators know, there is no reason not to bring charges against Winston.
"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."
Clune says that, just as there was during the Tallahassee Police Department’s investigation, there will be a power struggle at work here. There are those in the Florida State community that want to see an objective investigation of Winston, and there are those that want to keep the star quarterback out of trouble.
"But it seems like there's a power struggle between those folks and people that would be just fine to just see this go away,” Clune said. "We're dealing with one of the most powerful athletic departments in the country with the No. 1 football team in the nation and I think we'll know very shortly how much control that athletic department has."