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Sunday, May 18, 2014

In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet

NPR, In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet:

The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to a strict new policy on what employees may say on social media. Critics say the policy violates both the First Amendment and academic freedom, but school officials say providing faculty with more specific guidelines will actually bolster academic freedom on campus. ...

The new policy says that faculty and staff of the state's six universities, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges may not say anything on social media that would incite violence, disclose confidential student information or release protected data. But it also says staffers are barred from saying anything "contrary to the best interests of the university."

Critics say the broad nature of the guidelines would offer administrators enormous latitude in firing people — even those with tenure. Will Creeley, director of legal and public advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, says it's one of the most restrictive social media policies in the country.

(Hat Tip: Greg McNeal.)

 

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Comments

To refresh everyone's memory - this is the tweet that started this - by a very liberal professor: "#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you."

Posted by: Beth Donovan | May 19, 2014 5:04:01 AM

"But it also says staffers are barred from saying anything 'contrary to the best interests of the university.'"

Wow. Who gets to define "..contrary to the best interests of the university"? My guess it will be a pretty flexible definition depending on whether the individual is liked or not.

Posted by: Rick Caird | May 19, 2014 4:07:14 AM

Perhaps, but where was the complaining when liberal universities adopted similar rules for silencing conservatives? See Rutgers, Smith, Brandeis . . .

Posted by: michael livingston | May 18, 2014 3:22:09 AM