Kansas student newspaper sues administrators

The student newspaper at the University of Kansas has filed a federal lawsuit accusing university administrators of approving funding cuts to the newspaper that were enacted after an editorial critical of the student senate.

The University Daily Kansan’s leadership filed the lawsuit Friday, accusing university officials of approving funding cuts to the newspaper made by the student senate in violation of the newspaper’s freedom of speech protections.

According to the lawsuit, the student newspaper ran a 2014 editorial highlighting “inadequacies” in the student senate election code. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1Q22x9R) reports the lawsuit alleges that university officials later approved newspaper funding cuts sought by student senators to punish the newspaper’s leadership for the unflattering coverage.

University spokesman Joe Monaco didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment Saturday.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com.