According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Matt Baker, the University of Florida is under federal Title IX investigation for the way the school handled a sexual assault accusation against Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway, which was confirmed by the complainant’s attorney.
The attorney, John Clune, said the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is looking into the complaint.
The Tampa Bay Times uncovered a letter sent to the university that detailed that the accuser filed a complaint on Aug. 10.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights began its investigation to determine if the university “failed to promptly and equitably respond to sexual violence complaints” pertaining to this student or any other.
Callaway was accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her at his residence.
Callaway was cleared regarding the allegations of sexual assault against him. The woman who made the allegations boycotted the hearing because the university appointed a lawyer who is also a Florida football booster to adjudicate it. Clune then wrote a letter to the university criticizing that decision. Clune later added the purpose of this investigation is to shed light on how to improve the procedures for the betterment of future students in similar situations.
“It seems like one of the crazier things we’ve seen, and yet I would have to believe there’s smart people at the school,” Clune said. “I think we want to talk to the school a little bit and find out how something like this actually happened before we decide on anything else.”
The University of Florida declined to make a public statement regarding the case specifically and redacted much of its letter due to student-privacy laws. However, spokeswoman Janine Sikes said in an email that UF is “fully cooperating with the Office of Civil Rights.”
Callaway was the Gators’ leading receiver the last two seasons, with seven touchdowns and 1,399 yards overall.