From the ruling by retired Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding:
"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."
Winston's two-day hearing for the case ended on Dec. 3.The purpose of the hearing was to determine if Winston violated up to four school student conduct codes.
Winston was accused of sexual assault by a female Florida State student in December 2012. In November 2013, the state's attorney announced that it was investigating the accusation. The investigation was completed a month later, and no charges were filed. Authorities have been criticized for being slow to act on the woman's claim. In October, a FOX Sports report alleged that university administrators and Tallahassee police took steps to "hide and then hinder" an investigation.
At the hearing, Winston read a five-page statement denying the allegations against him, marking the first time he publicly gave his side of the story pertaining to the sexual assault allegations.
The ruling is allowed to be appealed within five class days after notification. Florida State is currently on winter break.