University of Kansas

Breaking: Students settle law suit, obtain records

Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good, [which] depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.

-American Association of University Professors

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"Student group awaits documents from University," University Daily Kansan, October 1, 2014

"KU students raise funds to pay for records request," Lawrence Journal-World, September 23, 2014

"Your Turn: Koch ties to KU concern students," Lawrence Journal-World, September 21, 2014


We Stand for Academic Freedom & Intellectual Integrity

Since 2001, the Kochs have invested over $1.4 million in the Kansas University (KU) School of Business. It started with a large amount to establish the KU Center for Applied Economics (CAE), a public policy think-tank, and hire its founding executive director, Art Hall. From 1997 to 2004, Hall was chief economist of Koch Industries' lobbying subsidiary, Koch Companies Public Sector. Now heading an institution operating directly out of KU, Hall is able to continue lobbying for the Kochs under the guise of an academician, streamlining their political agenda straight to Topeka and the statehouse. 

Academic freedom comes with the responsibility for intellectual integrity. The Kochs deliberately concealed restrictions undermine the fundamental mission of academia and contradict our core values as stated by the University of Kansas: "intellectual diversity, integrity, and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge." 

We have requested that KU give us access to specific contracts and other documents that will shed light on this issue, by filing a Kansas Open Records Act request and the university has charged us $1,800 to fulfill this request. Now, KU Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Economics Art Hall, is suing the university to block our records request. 


Our Demands

TRANSPARENCY | All restrictions on private donations should be publicly available.

ACCOUNTABILITY | The process by which funding restrictions are approved should be open and democratic, ensuring that donor intent is consistent with the standards of academia. 


Uphold transparency and accountability by signing our petition here