The state attorney general’s office has denied The Kentucky Kernel’s request to snoop through Nerlens Noel’s academic records. The student newspaper filed an open records request back in August, but the university refused to give it up, citing a section of the Kentucky Open Records Act. The Kernel appealed UK’s denial and, today, the state attorney general upheld the decision to withhold the records. The state attorney general’s office said it was difficult to rule on the merits of the university’s denial of the request because of its own lack of access to the records.
“Since we were unable to review the relevant documents … we rely on the University’s interpretation and application of the federal law, and its professed appreciation for the value of transparency, to ensure that public records are not improperly withheld in the name of student privacy,” the ruling states.