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WKU Files Lawsuit Against Its Student Newspaper

via WKU

Western Kentucky University has filed a lawsuit against its student newspaper, arguing that the school is not required to release records related to sexual misconduct by university employees.

The WKU lawsuit against the College Heights Herald comes after a decision by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear in January that the university is required to release Title IX records about investigations of sexual harassment by employees. The names and any other personal identifiers were to be redacted. The lawsuit was filed in Warren Circuit Court by the law firm representing the university, KerrickBachert. Michael Abate of the law firm Kaplan and Partners is representing the College Heights Herald.


“We think here in this in this case that the paper was absolutely entitled to receive these documents. And we think it’s incredibly unfortunate that it has come to a point where the university is suing its own student paper over conducting important and essential journalism meant to protect the students.” Abate said.


WKU General Counsel Deborah Wilkins said in a statement that even redacted

versions of the records would not ensure the privacy of those who filed the



Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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