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Regents chair refuses to suspend social media policy

January 15, 2014

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— Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday refused a request from a faculty group to suspend the board's recently approved social media policy.

Sheryl Lidzy, chair of the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, said the policy has brought negative publicity to higher education in Kansas and may hinder efforts to hire top-quality faculty.

The policy, which the regents approved in December, allows a university CEO to discipline employees, up to firing them, for posts on social media that affect the university's ability to carry out its functions. It was enacted after a Kansas University professor tweeted criticism of the NRA last September.

After widespread criticism that the policy is too vague and restricts free speech rights, the regents said it would form a working group of university representatives to review the policy and suggest changes by April.

The Council of Faculty Senate Presidents approved a resolution to suspend the policy while that review process is under way.

"A suspension of this policy would allow for a more proactive focus on timely concerns, and minimize related distractions," the resolution stated. It was signed by representatives from all regents schools, including Christopher Steadham from Kansas University and Dr. David Naylor at Kansas University Medical Center.

But Logan said he believed the board wouldn't suspend the policy but will await the recommendations from the working group.

"The board unanimously approved this policy and did so in good faith," Logan said. He said he believed the policy was a re-statement of existing law.

Members of that review group are expected to be announced on Friday.

Comments

Richard Heckler 3 months ago

How in the world did a professor's comment affect the university's ability to carry out its functions? Did I miss something? It simply must be political rhetoric. There is no hard evidence that supports such a notion.

Rape is a far more serious infraction yet not even numerous rapes impacts the university's ability to carry out its functions.

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Betty Bartholomew 3 months ago

In the meantime, since it's up to the "CEO"s to enforce it, and they're all pretty much against it in its current form, they can simply not enforce it and make it a legless piece of pandering.

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Elston Gunn 3 months ago

Good to hear. Like I said before, stay off of facebook and twitter. Your opinions really aren't important.

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Bob Forer 3 months ago

"'The board unanimously approved this policy and did so in good faith,' Logan said. He said he believed the policy was a re-statement of existing law."

If such is the case, then why are the regents even bothering to form a "working" group to review the policy?

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