Kansas professors weigh in on social media policy

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Dozens of professors and staff members from state colleges across Kansas listened to lectures and shared their concerns about a proposed social media policy the Kansas Board of Regents is expected to put into place in upcoming weeks.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Sunday’s forum on the University of Kansas campus mainly focused on academic freedom, free speech rights and social media. Most of the speakers criticized the policy announced by the regents in December that would give university chiefs the power to suspend or fire employees for their social media posts.

A social media work group created by the regents recommended that disciplinary language in the policy be swapped with advisory language, but group co-chairman Charles Epp says the regents showed no interest in removing the disciplinary aspects.

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