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Kansas University Senate endorses social media policy group’s proposal

April 10, 2014

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Kansas University faculty, staff and students gave their approval to the recommendations of a work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents' controversial social media policy.

The KU University Senate unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the work group's proposal. The proposal would substitute the current policy, which allows university CEOs to fire employees for social media posts that conflict with a Kansas public university's best interests or ability to provide services, among other violations, with a strictly advisory policy.

The resolution also commended the work group, co-chaired by Chuck Epp, a KU professor of public administration, for carrying out its charge "with great care and thoughtful deliberation."

After the regents formed the group in January in response to widespread dismay over the current policy, the group finalized and approved the proposed revisions earlier in April. The group will present its recommendations to the regents at an April 16 meeting.

The regents passed the current social media policy in December after an anti-NRA tweet by KU journalism professor David Guth sparked a national uproar and prompted some Kansas lawmakers to call for Guth to be fired.

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