(Topeka, Kansas) - Recognizing the Kansas Board of Regents Policy Manual currently has no provisions specifically dealing with the use of social media, today the Board approved a policy that aims to respect and protect the rights of individuals to speak freely while also addressing employees’ responsibility to the university.
Because of the proliferation of social media use for communication purposes, and its particular susceptibility to misuse and damage to our universities, the Board believes that a provision outlining improper uses of social media will be beneficial to all parties and uphold the universities’ need to operate in an efficient and effective manner. The Board utilized language from United States Supreme Court cases to acknowledge the right of employees generally to speak as private citizens on matters of public concern while also recognizing the right of employers to take action in situations involving unprotected speech.
“The goal of this policy is to provide guidance to all university employees and university administration regarding the use of social media. We appreciate Attorney General Schmidt’s office review of this policy and the determination that it is constitutional and does not violate any free speech or due process rights,” stated Fred Logan, Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents.
An addition to Chapter II, Section C.6., the full policy can be found here:
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