Accuser to boycott Title IX hearing after Florida gets booster to handle case

Sigh…how does Florida think they can get away with this?

Accuser to boycott Title IX hearing after Florida gets booster to handle case

Florida officials appointed attorney Jake Schickel to serve as a hearing officer. Schickel, a founding partner of a Jacksonville, Florida, law firm, has a bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from Florida. He is also a past trustee of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

A former track and field athlete at Florida, Schickel, 68, is a Scholarship Club donor to Florida Football Boosters, which requires annual contributions of $4,800 to $8,599, according to a 2014-15 Year In Review program published by the UF athletics department. According to the documents, Schickel is also a 3-Point Club donor to Florida basketball, which requires annual contributions of $2,000 to $4,999.

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The complainant boycotted last week’s hearing because Schickel is a football booster, which Clune said gave an appearance of bias to a case involving a high-profile football player. Clune said the woman “has lost all faith in the university” and is still deciding whether to return to UF this fall. The Times typically does not name victims or possible victims of sexual assault.

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