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Committee meeting to consider public comment on social media policy for universities

May 5, 2014

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— The Kansas Board of Regents' governance committee will meet Tuesday to consider a controversial social media policy for faculty and staff at public universities.

Committee members will recommend to the full regents whether to adopt a revised policy later this month.

The regents' social media policy was made in response to an anti-NRA tweet in September 2013 by KU journalism professor David Guth.

The tweet caused a national uproar over the bounds of social media.

Several months later, the regents adopted a policy that established disciplinary actions that school leaders could take for improper use of social media. But a backlash of criticism from free speech advocates prompted the regents to appoint a workgroup to provide revisions.

The governance committee decided to add some of the workgroup's recommendations that emphasized freedom of speech. But the committee members also said they wanted to keep the disciplinary portion of the policy.

The governance committee said it would consider public comment on the revised policy at its meeting.

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