Univ. of Kentucky sues student newspaper over open records

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The University of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against its student-run newspaper to appeal a state attorney general’s opinion that said the school violated the Kentucky Open Records Act.

The attorney general said the university wrongly withheld documents regarding a professor’s sexual harassment and assault case from the newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel.

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The Herald-Leader reports (bit.ly/2c12MBX) the university filed suit Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

Over the summer the newspaper published a story about professor James Harwood, who resigned in February amid a sexual harassment investigation. The Kernel sought the university’s investigative documents, but the school refused. The Kernel appealed to the AG, which asked the university to show the documents so it could determine if they are exempt from public inspection. UK refused and decided to appeal the opinion.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com