St. Petersburg, Florida – The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating Florida State University's handling of the Jameis Winston case following allegations that he raped a fellow student.
According to our partners at USA Today, the OCR is looking into whether the school violated Title IX laws, the federal gender-equality law.
"The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime," reads a statement on the Office of Civil Rights website.
Schools abide by Title IX law or risk losing its federal funding, which include an investigation by the university after allegations of a sexual assault.
Bain Kerr, an attorney for the accuser, reportedly filed the complaint against the university, promoting the investigation.
He alleges that the school conducted an investigation that included only Winston and failed to get his client's side of the story, which if true, would be a violation of the Title IX rules.
In response to the USA Today story, FSU called the allegation by Kerr "flat-out false."
The Office of Civil Rights will look into whether Florida State investigated the case in a quote "prompt, thorough, and impartial" manner.
Winston was never charged with a crime, but did admit to having consensual sex with the woman.