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Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are expected to vote this week on a revised social media policy.

The Board of Regents Governance Committee approved the policy Tuesday. Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the committee made some changes to the proposed policy in response to public comment.

Logan says the revised policy includes “strong support of academic freedom,” and will go to the full regents for a vote on Wednesday.

The social media policy adopted by the public university system in Kansas is still being debated. A work group assigned to review and recommend changes to the policy presented their revisions last week. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more...

Some controversial social media rules for state university employees are getting a review from the Kansas Board of Regents. But for now, regents are standing by the main tenets of the policy.

Employees can be disciplined or fired for social media posts that violate the rules, including statements judged not to be in the best interest of a university or that interfere with a university's operation.

A Board of Regents committee on Wednesday rejected a recommendation to simply scale back the scope of the policy. Regent Fred Logan says the policy is carefully written.

More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.

The professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy “exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy.”

The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  


More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

A new social media policy passed by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing fire.

I don’t Tweet. I’m not sure why. I’m an introvert – maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe I get everything I have to say out in my editorial cartoons or in my banjo playing.

For an old guy, I’ve managed to keep up fairly well with the fickle, ever-changing winds of technology. I can get around on a computer handily enough. I’ve done the iPod thing, the Skype thing and the Facebook thing. (Though I refuse to Tweet.)  I even managed with only a minimum of cuss words to set up the new TV and DVR system, though it took me quite a while.