Florida State University (FSU) has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit with Erica Kinsman, a former student who claimed she was raped by now-NFL quarterback Jameis Winston in 2012. FSU will pay Kinsman $950,000 — a sum that includes $700,000 in legal fees — and has agreed to implement a five-year program of awareness and prevention training. The settlement is the largest total ever paid out in a Title IX claim pertaining to indifference to a student’s reported sexual assault.
In her lawsuit, Kinsman alleged that FSU was “deliberately indifferent” to her reports of rape, and that the university deliberately hindered an investigation into the sexual assault so Winston could continue to play football. She also claimed after the case became publicly known that continued harassment forced her to leave FSU, thereby denying her educational rights under Title IX. When the lawsuit was settled on Monday, Kinsman said in a statement: “I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little. I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
FSU has not admitted liability. According to university president John Thrasher, the school agreed to the settlement in order to avoid further litigation costs.
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