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UK to sue The Kentucky Kernel

The University of Kentucky plans to sue its own student newspaper to appeal an open records violation, the school announced in an e-mail from Eli Capilouto, yesterday.

The Kentucky Kernel, UK’s independent student paper, was denied an open records request of the investigation into the sexual harassment claims against an associate professor, back in April. The university claimed a responsibility to protect the privacy and well being of victims of violence and traumatic events, among other reasons, for its refusal to honor the request.

The office of Attorney General Andy Beshear ruled that UK should release the records without the names of witnesses and the complainant.

UK will appeal the Attorney General’s decision in circuit court.

The university will also appeal the Attorney General’s decision that found UK violated the Open Meetings Act when it denied The Herald-Leader from minutes from a Board of Trustees dinner.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for UK to sue The Kentucky Kernel



  1. Mathlete
    10:49 am August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Well, there’s UK’s new biggest intra-family drama for the summer…



  2. Loserville Hater
    11:24 am August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Does UK not realize how ridiculous they make themselves appear to the public with some of these decisions they make? I thought trying to prevent a small firm in Whitesburg from using the word “Kentucky” on a shirt was bad, and then the fiasco with taking privileges from a doctor at the Med Center, but suing your own student newspaper? Who is in charge of the public relations department at UK…Rick Pitino?



  3. Sentient Third Eye
    11:44 am August 9, 2016 Permalink

    UK is being stupid on this.

    On a related matter, the link to the Kernel page was interesting, but sad. I hadn’t read anything from them in 20 years, and, God, how the quality of the writing there has suffered. They really need to tighten up their standards. The paper used to be a very, very good college rag that had fairly professional standards. Is it just getting hard to recruit talent for a print paper in the “Digital Age”? I’m just shocked that the Kernel now has high-school quality articles representing them. It reads like the “tryout weeks” that KSR used to have.



  4. DrSayre
    12:39 pm August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Obviously they have started to make the Sudoku too hard for Eli…



  5. Buster
    1:18 pm August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Smoke and mirrors folks.



  6. Sticky Ceiling
    1:56 pm August 9, 2016 Permalink

    Capilouto gonna Capilouto…..