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Kentucky Kernel

A community member receives a COVID-19 test on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at UK’s Kroger Field testing site in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

UK employees suspended for noncompliance with COVID-19 testing

Kaleb Littleton November 12, 2021

Twenty-four University of Kentucky employees are on administrative leave for not complying with COVID-19 testing requirements.In August, UK mandated that students and employees who have not received a...

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. listens to UKs lawyer during oral arguments heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court in UKs lawsuit against the Kernel on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at the Kentucky Supreme Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff.

Details of the James Harwood investigation and records battle

Emily Girard August 26, 2021

James Harwood, at the time an associate professor of entomology at UK, resigned from his position in February 2016 after being accused of sexual harassment. The terms of his resignation agreement stated...

Pages from the Harwood file detailing the Kernel Press v. University of Kentucky lawsuit. Some information has been redacted by UK.

A story six years in the making

Sarah Michels August 26, 2021

After an investigation found sufficient evidence to corroborate multiple sexual harassment allegations against former UK professor James Harwood, he was able to effectively retire from the university with...

UK mandates weekly COVID-19 tests for unvaccinated faculty, staff and students

Emily Girard August 26, 2021

All unvaccinated UK faculty, staff and students will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test, UK President Eli Capilouto announced in an email Thursday. As part of UK’s return to normal operations...

UK Senate Council members discuss mandating COVID-19 vaccines: “We’re in a strong position to call for a mandate”

Gillian Stawiszynski August 24, 2021

The University of Kentucky Senate Council met at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 23 to request a vaccine mandate for the entire UK community. On August 17, 2021, Kentucky reported the highest COVID-19 positivity...

UK to require both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors

Brooklyn Kelley August 6, 2021

UK President Eli Capilouto announced via email this morning that masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on campus this fall. Capilouto said UK will continue to monitor...

Database breach discovered in UK College of Education; UK to implement new security measures

Emily Girard August 5, 2021

A recent cybersecurity inspection revealed that information from UK’s College of Education was accessed by an unauthorized individual. UK announced in a news release Thursday that it will increase its...

UK HealthCare to require COVID-19 vaccines for employees

Emily Girard August 4, 2021

UK announced in a news release Wednesday that all UK HealthCare employees will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 15.The news release detailed that all “providers, staff, trainees,...

Mike Richey

Mike Richey, UK’s Vice President for Philanthropy, to retire at year’s end

Emily Girard July 26, 2021

Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Mike Richey, who has been involved with UK since the 1960s, is retiring at the end of 2021.“Mike came to UK as a young student…He never left UK,...

David Hawpe

David Hawpe, former Kentucky Kernel and Courier Journal editor, dies at 78

David Hawpe, a former editor for the Louisville Courier Journal and the Kentucky Kernel, died Sunday at 78 years old.“He was from East Kentucky, the south end of Louisville, St. Matthews and Anchorage,...

Dr. Martha Peterson

Dr. Martha Peterson named as acting graduate school dean

Emily Girard June 30, 2021

After a months-long search, UK has selected Dr. Martha Peterson as acting dean of the Graduate School.UK Provost David Blackwell appointed Peterson, who will also serve as Acting Associate Provost of Graduate...

UK Board of Trustees approves tuition increase, employee benefits

Emily Girard June 17, 2021

UK approved a 1% tuition increase for students and a $15 minimum wage for staff as part of UK’s largest ever budget.The $5.1 billion budget was proposed last week and approved at a Board of Trustees...

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