Florida State president releases statement after Jameis Winston is not charged

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State University president Eric Barron released a statement Thursday after FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was not charged.

A message from FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
This message has been approved by Dr. Eric J. Barron, Florida State University President, for the distribution to all faculty and staff.

Florida State University has a primary purpose to educate young people while enabling them to hone their skills and develop their gifts so they can become productive citizens. It is also our responsibility to treat students fairly and provide appropriate support.

Recent weeks have provided a painful lesson, as we have witnessed harmful speculation and inappropriate conjecture about this situation and the individuals involved. As a result, we have all been hurt.

A respect for the principle of due process is essential to the integrity of our community. Our commitment to each and every one of our students is unwavering and will remain our priority.

Eric J. Barron
President, Florida State University

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