Statements from the President

Message from President John Thrasher: Remembering Parkland shooting

Dear FSU Community, One year ago today, a senseless act of gun violence occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Many in our Florida State family were — and still are — affected by this horrific event. We have hundreds of alumni and 240 current students who graduated from Stoneman Douglas — 47 […]

DACA: A Message from President John Thrasher

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Late last fall, I joined more than 600 higher education leaders across the nation in asking then-President-elect Trump to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows some undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children to be spared from deportation and makes them eligible for two-year renewable work […]

Reflecting on Charlottesville: A Message from FSU President John Thrasher

Dear Campus Community, I am reaching out with a heavy heart after taking some time to reflect on the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend. What happened was a clear display of racism and intimidation by white supremacists, and I condemn these hateful and violent acts. Our thoughts and prayers […]

President Thrasher: Statement on Executive Order

Florida State University is deeply concerned about the administration’s new policy preventing the entry of citizens of seven foreign countries to the United States for the next 90 days. At universities nationwide, confusion and uncertainty are causing disruption and worry among students, researchers, faculty and staff who are citizens of the countries involved in the […]

FSU announces settlement in Erica Kinsman matter

Florida State University President John Thrasher today announced that the University has reached a settlement with former student Erica Kinsman, who has agreed to drop her Title IX lawsuit against FSU. “Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from […]

Response to lawsuit from FSU President John Thrasher

Statement on change of venue from FSU President John Thrasher: We are very pleased with today’s ruling granting the university’s request to move the proceedings to the Northern District of Florida. Judicial rules generally require that a matter be heard in the venue in which it arose and, given the location of the witnesses and […]

FSU responds to documentary on sexual assault

Dear Friends, I want you to know that we are aware of tonight’s screening in Tallahassee of the documentary film “The Hunting Ground.” We were invited to attend this screening and to participate in a panel discussion but declined due to the lawsuit Erica Kinsman has filed in federal court against Florida State University. In […]

FSU response to lawsuit

Florida State University is providing the attached document, filed Monday, March 9, 2015 with the U.S. District Court in Orlando. View responses A statement from Florida State University President John Thrasher follows. “Florida State University has no tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind, so being adverse to a former student and alleged sexual assault […]

FSU responds to documentary on sexual assault

Dear Friends, We want to make you aware that “The Hunting Ground,” a film about campus sexual assaults that debuted in Los Angeles and New York City Thursday, is seriously lacking in credibility and presents a one-sided view of Florida State’s actions in the Jameis Winston case. The filmmakers interviewed Erica Kinsman, but no one […]