U. of Kentucky, paper reach deal on release of employee records

KENTUCKY ' University of Kentucky officials have released employee records previously denied to the student newspaper after being threatened with a lawsuit in Fayette County Circuit Court.

While employees' identities will remain undisclosed, their race, gender and ages will be released in a database made available to the Kentucky Kernal.

Wanting to avoid a lawsuit, the administration offered a compromise to the newspaper.

Tough Calls

Chris Ransick claims he was removed from his job for refusing to perform prior review.

Barbara Lach-Smith alleges her contract was not renewed in retaliation for a newspaper story uncovering an outrageous severance package given to her university's ex-president.

Toby Eichas is suing his former high school after he was forced out by administrators who had problems with the content of the school's newspaper.

John Schmitt's suit alleges that he was removed because university officials took issue with stories that showed their school in an unfavorable light.

The common thread: Advisers who chose to maintain their journalistic principles ' and as a result lost their jobs.

Their situations are by no means unique, as every year there are several advisers removed from their posts by disgruntled administrators.

Student media prevail in dispute over impeachment trial coverage

MARYLAND ' A high school's newspaper was asked to recall issues on Oct. 1, while its television station yielded to a request to edit some content later in the week ' both stemming from their coverage of the student government president's impeachment hearings.

The Black & White at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda reported on the impeachment hearings of Austin Lavin, the student government president, in its Sept.

Student fees case settled

OHIO ' Students from Miami University who were suing the university for prohibiting the use of student fees for student religious groups but not for other ideological organizations settled out of court in September.

Eleven former and current students brought the suit in June 1999.