Skip to main content

Incidents at Eastern Kentucky University

Total: 2

Incident 9055

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Discipline: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Specific Discipline: aviation
Outcome Year: 2024
Outcome Category: Criminal Plea / Conviction, No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Quote: "A Richmond, Ky., man, Kyle Knezevich, 36, was sentenced on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, to 220 months in prison, for attempted production of child pornography.

According to his plea agreement, on September 7, 2023, an Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) student located a hidden camera in a men’s bathroom on campus. An investigation revealed that the camera had been placed in the bathroom by Knezevich, who at the time was a professor at the University. After the discovery, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Knezevich's home and electronic devices."

"The camera was found and reported to on-campus police on Sept. 5, 2023."
Last updated:

Incident 7319

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Assistant Professor
Discipline: Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Specific Discipline: Bioscience
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Resigned
Quote: "Santangelo sent 17 emails of “sexual nature” to the student"

"After a thorough investigation, the Equal Opportunity Office concluded that Santangelo behaved “inappropriately” and violated the school’s sexual harassment and nondiscrimination policy.

Santangelo sent more than 25 sexually explicit emails to the student from his EKU email and private Gmail accounts, the Equal Opportunity Office found in its review.

When the investigation concluded in July, the Equal Opportunity Office recommended “appropriate” disciplinary action be taken to prevent any future recurrence—but did not recommend his termination.

Santangelo, a tenured professor at EKU, resigned from the university and began teaching at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, the following year."
Last updated: