The hearing will seek to determine whether Winston, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2012, violated the university's code of conduct.
The allegations against Winston first came to light in November 2013. After a month-long investigation, the state's attorney announced Winston would not be charged.
That investigation and the initial investigation in January 2013 have been the subject of much media scrutiny. A report from FOX Sports last month alleged that university administrators and Tallahassee police took steps to "hide and then hinder" an investigation. A report in April from The New York Times "found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."
The Department of Education is currently investigating the university for possible Title IX violations. Winston’s accuser filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which decided the university should be investigated for possible Title IX violations over the way it responds to sexual violence complaints.
According to USA Today's Rachel Axon, the judge overseeing the hearing, Major Harding, "has 10 class or exam days following the completion of the hearing to submit his decision." The university's winter break runs from Dec. 13 to Jan. 6, meaning a decision may not be announced until during or after the College Football Playoff.
- Dan Gartland