Kansas Regents Adopt Policy on when Social Media Use can get Faculty Fired | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents changed that, and adopted rules under which faculty members and other employees can be fired for "improper use of social media" -- and some parts of the policy are already drawing harsh criticism from faculty leaders.

The policy outlines a number of reasons why any employee could be dismissed over social media postings. Some reasons -- such as inciting violence or revealing confidential student information -- aren't causing alarm. But others, faculty advocates say, could severely limit faculty free speech.

....The Kansas rules were adopted the same month that the American Association of University Professors issued a draft report on academic freedom in the digital era -- a report calling for as full protection of faculty speech online as in person.

Henry Reichman, professor emeritus of history at California State University East Bay and chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said via email that the Kansas policy "raises significant questions about academic freedom" -- and that it contradicts the principles of the recent AAUP report.

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