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Regents to Reconsider New Social Media Policy

KSAL StaffDecember 31, 2013

The Kansas Board of Regents is taking another look at a new social media policy that was devised in the wake of criticism about a journalism professor’s anti-NRA tweet.

A news release Tuesday says that board chairman Fred Logan is requesting a workgroup to review the policy. Under it, a university chief executive officer can discipline employees, up to termination, for social media communications that affect the university’s ability to carry out its functions. 

But faculty and education groups have criticized the policy, saying it is too broad and will stifle free speech. The regents approved the measure unanimously in the wake of a tweet by University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth after the September shootings that left 13 dead at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

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