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Kentucky’s two largest public universities are rivals in academics and athletics, but seem in recent weeks to have found common ground in an unlikely area: legal action surrounding their adherence to public-records laws.
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.
They announced the boycott through Twitter, vowing not to participate in any football activities until embattled Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned over perceived inaction toward an inhospitable racial climate.
Saint Peter’s University, a private Jesuit institution in Jersey City, is facing censure by the College Media Association for violating its student journalists’ rights by shuttering the newspaper.
In Kentucky and Florida, two universities seem to be exhausting all options to keep public records from their student papers – including suing their 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.
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