Winston is cleared of violating Florida State University’s conduct code after a hearing regarding Winston’s alleged sexual assault of a female FSU student in 2012. Retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding, who conducted the hearing for FSU, writes a letter to Winston regarding his decision:
This was a complex case, and I worked hard to make sure both parties had a full and fair opportunity to present information. In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charge violations of the Code. Namely, I find that the evidence before me is insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.