Since the University of Kentucky filed suit against its independent student newspaper last month, university President Eli Capilouto and the school’s administration have faced local and national criticism for making such an unusually aggressive move against their own students.
Kentucky’s attorney general says the commonwealth’s flagship university is willingly violating the law by refusing to hand over documents for the attorney general’s review.
The University of Kentucky filed a suit against its student newspaper Wednesday to appeal the state attorney general’s opinion that found the university had violated the state’s Open Records Act.
The University of Kentucky has violated state open records laws twice within the last year, according to opinions from the Office of the Attorney General.
During his 40 years as a legislator, Kentucky Senator Albert Robinson has kept a consistent platform: God, gun, country and family, a commitment which prompted his latest legislation: a bill aimed at reinforcing students’ religious and political freedom of speech.
The University of Kentucky doesn’t have to release records about a basketball player to the school’s student newspaper, the state attorney general’s office has ruled.
The threat of censorship creates a choice for student journalists: compromise or publish elsewhere. This spring, several journalism students at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky., chose the latter.
For the past 11 years, adviser Gayle Brown has been a familiarpresence in the newsroom of The Northerner, the student newspaper at Northern KentuckyUniversity.
Thereason for empty newspaper racks at Elizabethtown Community and TechnicalCollege remains unknown as campus security and student newspaper staffers continuesearching for a cause.
The Kentucky Kernel came to a compromise onSaturday with University of Kentucky officials over distribution at CommonwealthStadium.