UT System sues Attorney General Ken Paxton

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The University of Texas System has sued Attorney General Ken Paxton in an attempt to restrict access to records requested by the Austin American-Statesman.

While the attorney general’s office determined some of the information could be released, the UT System said the information was protected under privacy laws, according to the UT System’s original petition, which the Dallas Morning News obtained.

Paxton’s office ordered the release of information the UT System believes is protected by the constitutional right to privacy.

The information in question is related to the Kroll report, an independent investigation of UT’s admissions policies released last year, which showed former President William Powers Jr. had admitted under-qualified students to the University.

The lawsuit comes more than a month after UT System regent Wallace Hall filed a lawsuit against UT System Chancellor William McRaven in an effort to obtain information regarding the Kroll report.

In a letter released in June, Paxton granted Hall the right to hire a lawyer and advised the Board of Regents to comply with Hall’s requests for records.