The University of Kentucky president announced that the woman facing assault charges after she repeatedly hurled a racial epithet at a Black student on campus early Sunday morning had been permanently banned from campus. The woman may also face additional charges.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto shared a message to the UK community that Sophia Rosing was initially suspended on an interim basis. However, for her racist attack on a UK student employee, Rosing is no longer a student and is permanently barred from campus. His statements were Tweeted as well.
Rosing was seen allegedly drunk, using a racist slur, and physically attempting to assault Kylah Spring. Spring is a young Black woman. According to the police report, Rosing took pains to insist that she is wealthy and that she “get[s] special treatment.” The same report also charges that Rosing kicked and bit the arresting officer.
According to CNN, Capilouto said, “Although she is no longer a student, we must continue our investigations.”
“That includes our cooperation with an investigation into criminal charges filed; our Code of Student Conduct disciplinary proceedings and racial harassment misconduct being reviewed by our Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity.”
“As a community working wholeheartedly to prevent racist violence, we also must be committed to holding people accountable for their actions. The processes we have in place are essential,” he told the UK community.
Rosing's lawyer, Fred Peters, said his client is "very embarrassed, very remorseful, very humiliated."
Rosing has been charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, fourth-degree assault without visible injury, second-degree disorderly conduct, and third-degree assault on a police officer or probation officer.
According to the university president, Rosing will not be eligible to re-enroll as a student.