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The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

Timothy Umsteads mugshot from the Fayette County jail website on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. Umstead was arrested on the night of Feb. 7, and he was booked on Feb. 8.

Former UK student’s weapon possession charges reduced

Hannah Stanley, Editor-in-Chief February 12, 2024

This story has been updated as of Feb. 19, 2024. A former University of Kentucky student appeared in court today after allegedly making threats to his roommates on Feb. 7, 2024. His charges were amended...

Thomas Lofton Hazelwood

‘He’s not gonna make it to serenades.’ The missing details of the Hazelwood investigation

Rayleigh Deaton, Editor-in-Chief November 17, 2022

They left him alone, on a couch, his blood alcohol concentration almost five times the legal limit. Just a few hours before, he had been hanging out with his pledge brothers, drinking bourbon, playing...

Excerpts from UKs Student Code of Conduct investigation reveal FarmHouse Fraternity showed a “deeply ingrained culture of alcohol and hazing behaviors.”

UK’s FarmHouse Fraternity had a culture of hazing, investigations reveal

Hannah Stanley, News Editor November 17, 2022

Members of FarmHouse Fraternity were subjected to shotgunning a beer with a homeless person, trust falling from the bed of a pickup truck and kidnapping an active member.  Following the death of...

An anonymous tip, submitted to UK on September 19, 2020, via the incident reporting form, alleges that Delta Sigma Phi held an over-capacity party. A copy of the tip was obtained by the Kentucky Kernel via an open records request.

Multiple fraternities suspended for COVID-19 infractions

Natalie Parks September 28, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, eight fraternities at the University of Kentucky have faced disciplinary action for violations of the university’s COVID-19 protocols.Six fraternities are on disciplinary...

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 officials propose budget for fiscal year 2022

Gillian Stawiszynski June 8, 2021

University of Kentucky board members and officials met on Monday to hear the proposal of the 2021-22 fiscal year budget. The officials’ main goals are for UK to thrive when the crisis of COVID-19 subsides...


Appeals Court rules in favor of Kernel in legal battle with UK

Jacob Eads May 17, 2019

After two years of legal battles, a Kentucky Court of Appeals panel has ruled in favor of the Kentucky Kernel in UK’s lawsuit with the student newspaper.UK's case against the Kernel stems from a 2016...

Judge Robert Johnson listens to Assistant Attorney General Travis Mayos argument at the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Decision in Kernel, UK case to be delayed; court will reconsider case

Rick Childress December 10, 2018

A new three-judge appeals court panel will have to be assembled and will have to reconsider UK's lawsuit with the Kernel, the Kentucky Court of Appeals announced in an order last week. The appointment...


KSU must give employee sexual misconduct report to Kernel, AG rules

Rick Childress November 21, 2018

The Kentucky Attorney General ruled that Kentucky State University must give investigative documents pertaining to alleged sexual misconduct by a university employee over to the Kernel. The decision,...


Court ruling might change how UK addresses sexual misconduct cases

October 18, 2018

A contested new revision has the potential to affect UK’s policies and procedures for conducting disciplinary hearings in cases of campus sexual misconduct thanks to a recent ruling from a federal appeals...

Tom Miller, the Kentucky Kernels lawyer, presents his argument to the panel of judges at the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Oral arguments heard in Kernel v. UK appeal; decision from panel still to come

Rick Childress September 25, 2018

Attorneys representing UK, the Kernel and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office argued their positions before a panel of three judges in the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Tuesday.Since the Kernel’s...

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