Florida State issues response to the New York Times report

Sam Cooper
Florida State issues response to the New York Times report

Florida State has issued a lengthy response to Wednesday morning’s New York Times report that said that “there was virtually no investigation at all” by Florida State or the Tallahassee Police Department into the accusations of sexual assault involving star quarterback Jameis Winston.

“The university expresses its deep disappointment in today's New York Times story alleging FSU officials did not properly investigate a rape allegation against Jameis Winston ‘in apparent violation of federal law,’” the response reads. “It also vigorously objects to the newspaper's characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions.”

The university stated that it gave a general statement to the Times and “numerous written answers over a period of weeks” and that “most of the responses were left out of the story, giving readers an incorrect impression of the university’s efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims under Title IX.”

The university’s response then laid out a number of issues it had with the Times article while also providing the general statement it initially provided to the paper. The university made it clear that it does not tolerate sexual assault and took umbrage with the Times' assessment of its perceived silence on the Winston case. 

"FSU does not tolerate sexual assault. Even one sexual assault is a problem. Like other colleges and universities that are grappling with this issue, we actively provide programs and educate students on safe behavior, the meaning of consent and how to properly report cases of sexual misconduct. Contrary to the article's over-arching theme, FSU takes this matter seriously.

"State and federal privacy laws govern the university's ability to comment on a particular student or disciplinary matter. This is particularly crucial in cases of sexual assault, where victims may request privacy to heal. To interpret the university's silence as a lack of interest or an insufficient 'level of energy' is utterly wrong."

You can read the university’s entire response here.

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