Dr. Eli Capilouto: Sophia Rosing is no longer University of Kentucky student

Sophia Nicole Rosing, 22, of Fort Mitchell, Kenton County, Kentucky, United States was supposed to graduate from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky in May 2023. That is no longer happening because she has been banned by the university.

On November 9, 2022, University of Kentucky president Dr. Eli Capilouto, 73, released a statement confirming that Rosing is no longer a student at the university. She is also not eligible to enroll again as a student and she is permanently banned from the campus.


On November 6, 2022, Rosing was caught on camera hurling racial slurs at Kylah Spring, 19, of Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA at Boyd Hall on the University of Kentucky campus. The former also physically assaulted the latter, who is a student employee.

Rosing is also accused of kicking and biting a police officer. She was arrested and booked into the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington.


On November 7, 2022, Rosing appeared in court via video conference from the Fayette County Detention Center for her arraignment hearing before Fayette District Judge Bruce Bell. She was accompanied by her parents Paul Donald “Donny” Rosing Jr., 58, and Jill Algie Rosing, 54.

Represented by Fred Peters, Sophia pleaded not guilty to alcohol intoxication in a public place, third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct.  Donny and Jill paid Sophia’s $10,000 bond.

Bell ordered Sophia to have no contact with Spring, no contact with Boyd Hall and no consumption of alcohol. On November 15, 2022, the Fort Mitchell student will be back in court for her preliminary hearing.


Capilouto is Jewish and as born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. He is an alumnus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

From 1994 to 2001, Capilouto served as dean of the UAB School of Public Health. On July 1, 2011, he became the 12th president of the University of Kentucky.

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