Winston was accused of raping the student in 2012, reports USA Today. Following an investigation into the allegations, the Florida State Attorney's office declined to file charges against Winston, citing "memory lapse" issues and other potential holes in the case that would have prevented prosecutors from convicting Winston of any criminal charges.
What do you need to know about Winston's hearing? Here are five important facts:
A former Florida Supreme Court Justice is presiding over the hearing. Although not a criminal or civil trial, the hearing is nevertheless being presided over by a judge, former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Haring. Winston and his accuser are also both represented by counsel at the hearing.
Winston could still face a civil lawsuit. Whatever the result of the disciplinary hearing, Winston may also still face a civil lawsuit for his alleged sexual assault. Although the lack of criminal conviction in the case may make some elements of a lawsuit more difficult to prove in any eventual litigation, a conviction is not a prerequisite for a civil lawsuit.