Controversial ‘social media’ policy in KS to be revisited

January 7, 2014

by Bob Kellogg

After a flood of criticism from free-speech advocates, the Kansas Board of Regents has decided to review a new and very unpopular policy restricting social media comments.

The controversial policy (Section C.6.b), which was adopted by the regents in mid-December, addresses the issue of "improper use of social media" by university employees and administration. Since then, however, the policy has attracted a steady stream of criticism from advocates of academic freedom – one categorizing it as "the hair-trigger use of punitive authority whenever the agency's public image is imperiled." In response to such criticism, the board announced last week they will review the policy...

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