Statements

Response to lawsuit from FSU President John Thrasher

Florida State University is disappointed to learn of this lawsuit. The University has not yet been served and will need time to review the complaint fully before we respond in detail. After a year of selective news leaks and distorted coverage, Florida State looks forward to addressing these meritless allegations in court. Evidence will show […]

An open letter to the Florida State University community

In the face of misinformation in the media during the past 10 months, Florida State University has maintained a deliberate silence about how we have handled the sexual assault allegation made against a prominent athlete. The University has remained silent for one reason: To protect our students, who are after all our highest priority. But […]

In College Sexual Assaults, Focus On The Victim

Mary Coburn, Vice President of Student Affairs This article ran in theĀ Tampa Bay TimesĀ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. So far the national conversation about campus rape has been largely about how colleges and universities need to get better at investigating and punishing perpetrators of student sexual assault. But as this month’s landmark report from a […]

FSU Letters to NY Times Editors

Ms. Jill Abramson Executive Editor Dear Ms. Abramson: I write to raise concerns with the reporting on Florida State University in a front-page article by Walt Bogdanich [A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation; 4/16]. The article contains a number of significant omissions and mischaracterizations that we believe mislead Times readers. Here are […]

FSU Letters to NY Times Editors

Letters to the Editor The New York Times Dear Editor: A 5,600-word, front-page story on Florida State University [A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation; 4/16] contains a number of striking errors of omission regarding the university’s overall commitment to combatting sexual assault and our handling of specific cases. This is especially frustrating […]

Response To NY Times Story

The university expresses its deep disappointment in the New York Times’ April 16 story alleging FSU officials did not properly investigate a rape allegation against FSU student Jameis Winston “in apparent violation of federal law.” It also vigorously objects to the newspaper’s characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions. The university […]