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Regents to consider social media policy; hear tuition proposals; name KU business school building

May 12, 2014

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— The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday will consider a controversial social media policy and universities will unveil their tuition and fee proposals for the fall semester.

The social media policy under consideration would allow a university leader to fire a faculty member or staff member who violates the policy with an improper tweet or Facebook post.

Under the policy, improper use of social media could include speech that could incite violence, discloses confidential information or “is contrary to the best interests of the employer.” Social media covers blogs and social networking sites.

Scores of university employees have written comments opposed to the plan, saying it will impede free speech on college campuses. Regents members, however, have said the policy is needed because of the damage that can be done to schools through the improper use of social media.

On tuition and fees, the regents will hear the proposals from the schools before taking final action in June.

In other business, on Wednesday, KU officials will recommend to the regents a name for the $65.7 million School of Business building that is expected to be completed in 2016.

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