Kansas regents stick with social media policy for universities

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Kansas Board of Regents will consider adding language on free speech to its social media policy, but will not fundamentally change the rules, following criticism that the policy gives administrators too much power to fire or discipline employees for postings on Twitter and other outlets.

The regents unanimously approved the policy in December 2013 in response to a Twitter post critical of the National Rifle Association by University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth after the September shootings that left 13 dead at the Navy Yard in Washington.

Guth apologized and was placed on administrative leave. He is taking a sabbatical during the spring semester.

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