Doss’ magical season leads to LIT semifinal berth after win over Trinity Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Trinity had no answers for Doss' 3-point shooting Wednesday night


WATCH: Highlights of the boys Louisville Invitational Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Check out some of the top plays from the boys LIT quarterfinals at Valley High School.


Circuit Court Clerk issues last driver’s license at Bowman Field branch as operations transition to KYTC Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Licenses will still be available at Bowman Field, but the process will be run by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet rather than the Circuit Court Clerk.


Parents, community members weigh in on JCPS plan for school safety officers Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Several questions focused on the selection process and how to hold school security officers accountable.

Louisville organizations helping farmers impacted by deadly Kentucky tornadoes Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Many farmers need to replenish hay, feed, fencing and equipment they lost when tornadoes ripped through in early December.

Kentucky lawmakers file bills to bring relief during car tax increases Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

According to the Kentucky Department of Revenue, total vehicle valuations are estimated to be up 40% higher than they were last year.


Embattled horse trainer Bob Baffert not backing down from multiple legal battles Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

Bob Baffert's latest court filing shows the Hall of Fame trainer remains pugnacious in the face of multiple legal challenges.


Dean Owen indicates no change in course delivery policy Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

By Madelin Shelton — 

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean David Owen responded to the uproar from faculty over the university’s policy of mandated in-person courses and reaffirmed the university’s stance.

After U of L Interim President Lori Gonzalez sent out an announcement to the entire university community informing them that the semester would be conducted as originally planned for both in-person and virtual courses, Owen sent out a reminder on Jan. 7 to A&S faculty reminding them to conduct courses how they were described in the Schedule of Courses.

A&S faculty began voicing their frustrations to the dean in an email chain over the weekend.

Owen sent a note to A&S department chairs on Sunday, Jan. 9. “I told them it was their responsibility to make sure these courses were taught as they were advertised,” Owen said. He said he expected faculty to abide by university policy, and failure to follow said policy could result in accountability, including disciplinary action.

Some of the deans and faculty viewed this as Owen threatening the faculty with punishment if they failed to teach the courses through their original method. He acknowledged that some individuals perceived this note as a threat, but Owen claims he was simply referring to the expectation that faculty abide by university policy.

Faculty complained the policy is inflexible for individuals who are, for example, vaccinated themselves but have young children at home who are unable to get one. When asked about this type of specific circumstance, Owen referenced U of L’s ability to maintain face-to-face courses throughout the pandemic the last year by implementing health protocols like masking and social distancing. He also mentioned the university’s vaccination rate of over 90 percent.

“Nothing has changed really in this occurrence,” he said. “You know, it’s a particular spike of a new variant but we’ve dealt with spikes in variants before while remaining on campus.”

He continued, “If faculty or staff have particular health concerns, whether it’s with their own health or health of family members in their household, whether they’re children or parents that might be living with them or somebody who’s immunocompromised, we have a family medical leave policy that can account for that. Folks have applied for that in those circumstances.” Faculty are not permitted to teach, even virtually, should they choose a family medical leave option.

Owen said the university crafts policy that prioritizes equity and accounts for all faculty, staff and students. However, some individuals have criticized this policy as detracting from equity. Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, a Professor of History at U of L, spoke on this point.

“In the dean’s note, he referenced treating everybody equitably. Part of it is that’s kind of a misuse of the term equitably. Equity doesn’t mean treating everybody the same, it means treating people based on their own circumstances.”

More than just faculty have spoken out against the university’s policy. A petition opposing it sponsored by the U of L chapter of United Campus Workers has over 1,500 signatures from faculty, staff, students and other community members.

The U of L chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the College of A&S Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have released statements in opposition to the policy.

Owen did clarify that faculty were never given the autonomy throughout the pandemic to teach courses in a way that diverged from the chosen method listed in the original Schedule of Courses, unless they were exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 and temporarily needed to move instruction online. During periods when all courses were taught virtually due to the pandemic, it was a university-wide policy.

When asked if the university planned on changing its policy in response to the significant pushback it has received, Owen said “My understanding is there is no intention to change the policy at the university level and that is what I will follow.” However, he did mention that President Gonzalez and her team were constantly monitoring the ever-evolving circumstances of the pandemic and could change policy when deemed necessary.

Photo Courtesy // University of Louisville

The post Dean Owen indicates no change in course delivery policy appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Trauma Resilient Community project working to connect families with mental health services Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

The Trauma Resilient Community (TRC) initiative is a five-year, $5 million federal grant that addresses violence and trauma in the community.

Bearno’s Pizza to hold fundraiser for fallen LMPD officer Wednesday, Jan 12 2022 

The LMPD officer was hit and killed by a car on I-64 last month.

Next Page »