Jameis Winston Faces Disciplinary Hearing over 2012 Sexual Assault Allegations

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 18

Pete Thamel of SI.com reports Jameis Winston's student code of conduct hearing has been pushed back again:

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Florida State's code of conduct hearing for Jameis Winston is set for Dec. 2 at 12 p.m.

Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 12

Jameis Winston's student code of conduct hearing has been delayed, according to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times:

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I'm told #FSU conduct hearing on Jameis Winston has been moved to Dec. 1.

Rachel Axon of USA Today provides more information on the disciplinary process:

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Once hearing is completed, FSU code of conduct allows for 10 class/exam days before decision is due.

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Because of winter break, if the hearing concluded on Dec. 5 any decision would not be due until Jan. 13.

Updates from Friday, Nov. 7

Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times has an update from Winston's adviser:

Mr. Winston wants to attend the hearing and confront these false allegations, but he expects and is entitled to do so on an even playing field. We will end this baseless escapade by using the testimony of witnesses and other evidence contained in the approximately 1,000 documents and eight discs that were provided to Mr. Winston only one week ago. The University also has promised to provide additional evidence, including cell phone records. Opposing counsel say they want the hearing. They just don't want Mr. Winston to have the time to prepare for it.

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 4 

Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel provides an update on Jameis Winston's code of conduct hearing:

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BREAKING: FSU's code of conduct hearing involving Jameis Winston will be the week of Nov. 17.

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 23

Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com reports on the latest news to break ahead of Jameis Winston's disciplinary hearing:

Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding has been selected to serve as the independent observer who will conduct Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's upcoming student conduct code hearing, a source close to the situation confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.

Updates from Friday, Oct. 17

Jameis Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, discussed the impending hearing on Friday, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach:

"We've been pretty consistent in saying that we will be cooperative with the expectation of fairness," Cornwell said. "I still have some concerns, but we'll address each of them individually as we move forward."

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Updates from Monday, Oct. 13

ESPN's Mark Schlabach has the latest on who will oversee Winston's hearing:

One of three former Florida Supreme Court justices will serve as an independent hearing official in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's upcoming hearing to determine whether he violated the school's conduct code during an alleged sexual assault in December 2012.

The former Florida Supreme Court justice who is picked to hear the case will consider the evidence, determine whether Winston committed as many as four violations of FSU's student code and, if necessary, determine what his punishment should be.

Andrew Owens of Blue and Gold Illustrated has the latest from FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher:

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Jimbo Fisher on whether he is concerned Jameis Winston will miss games: “None. I know the facts of the case."

Noles247.com has more on Winston's hearing:

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Winston advisor @wmdavidcornwell states on @OTLonESPN that he doesn't expect Winston hearing to happen in immediate future.

Updates from Saturday, Oct. 11

ESPN's Brett McMurphy provided insight on the team's thoughts on the current troubles for Winston, courtesy of coach Jimbo Fisher:

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Jimbo Fisher tells Quint Kessenich he hasn’t addressed current Winston news w/team. “We knew it was coming"

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Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com reported that Florida State notified quarterback Jameis Winston on Friday that he will face a disciplinary hearing regarding sexual assault allegations from 2012.

Florida State’s interim president Garnett Stokes and vice president for student affairs Mary B. Coburn sent a letter to Winston and his attorney stating that the quarterback could be charged with as many as four violations of the school’s student conduct code.

Two of those four potential violations involve sexual conduct.

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The next step for Winston is to contact the school's Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and schedule an information hearing. That hearing will address the impending student conduct hearing that could impact Winston's future with the football team and university.

What's more, Florida State is being investigated by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights about whether the school did enough to protect the Title IX rights of the woman who accused Winston.

The letter sent Friday differs from what Winston’s attorney, David Cornwell, tweeted out earlier:

On the field, Winston was part of the Florida State team that finished the 2013 season undefeated and won the national title. The defending Heisman Trophy winner was also suspended during the Clemson game earlier this season for yelling an obscene phrase on campus. Florida State, absent its star QB, narrowly escaped that game with a victory.

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This latest development comes after Kevin Vaughan of Fox Sports reported the following Friday:

“Florida State University officials and Tallahassee police took steps to both hide, and then hinder, the criminal investigation into a rape allegation against the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston last fall, a FOX Sports investigation has found.”

The entire Vaughan report can be found here.

It remains to be seen what the immediate and future fallout from these latest developments will be for the school and quarterback.

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