Brown University: JFK Jr.'s college application up for sale was stolen
Brown University is not happy that the college application of John F. Kennedy Jr. is up for sale online for $85,000, saying it was stolen and the school wants it back.
"We were surprised and concerned to see a student's confidential records not only being made public, but being auctioned for sale. Student records contain confidential information and are the property of the university," Brown spokesman Brian Clark said. "We are taking every step possible to recover the documents. Legal counsel has reached out to the auction site to make clear that these records were stolen from Brown and remain the property of the university."
The website MomentsInTime.com is selling a collection of documents related to Kennedy's time at Brown, including his application and letters from his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to a Brown staffer discussing her son's time at the school.
In comments to student newspaper The Brown Daily Herald , website operator Gary Zimet said he was told the documents came from a Brown administrator and were about to be thrown away when they were discovered.
"It would be nice if Brown ended up buying" the documents, Zimet told the newspaper.
Zimet told The Providence Journal that he heard from Brown and referred them to his lawyer. He said the item will be sold to anyone who meets his price.
Kennedy graduated from Brown in 1983. He died in a plane crash in 1999.
Clark said Friday that the school would not cede ownership of such documents unless a court order orders it to or a student directs it. He said they are investigating the circumstances of how and when the documents were taken.
"We are working to identify a specific timeline," Clark said. "Early indications are that the files were stolen years ago."