Kansas Regents Make Top 10 List — For Being Anti-Free Speech, According To National Group

March 2, 2015

By Sara Sheperd at LJWorld.com

The Kansas Board of Regents made the ’10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2014′ list, announced today by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.

Regarding the Regents and the lone other non-university list-maker, FIRE’s announcement explains: “Two of the institutions listed aren’t colleges but still deserve inclusion for the profound effect they had on campus expression throughout the country last year.”

FIRE’s beef with the Regents is the controversial social media policy approved last year. KU is now in the process of establishing a procedure to follow when someone is accused of violating that policy. Here’s the FIRE list, which you can read more about here.

• Brandeis University

• California State University, Fullerton

• Chicago State University

• Georgetown University

• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

• University of Iowa

• Marquette University

• Modesto Junior College (Modesto, Calif.)

• Kansas Board of Regents

• U.S. Department of Education

Coincidentally, I wrote at more length than usual about this very issue — and other high-profile conflicts over academic freedom — in today’s paper. ICYMI, click here to read that story, ‘Academic freedom: Scholarly concept sparks lively mainstream debate.’

Cases: Kansas Board of Regents Approves Vague and Overbroad Social Media Policy