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Kansas Regents Are Urged to Suspend Social-Media Policy During Review

More than 80 professors in Kansas have signed a letter asking the state’s Board of Regents to suspend a controversial social-media policy while that policy is reviewed, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The board last month approved the policy, which gives leaders of the state’s public colleges the authority to fire employees for social-media posts that are deemed to be improper. Faculty members denounced the policy, asserting that it violated professors’ academic freedom.

In the face of that criticism, the board said it would review the policy, with help from a working group of representatives from state-university campuses.

The professors’ letter, which will appear as an advertisement in three Kansas newspapers, cites “continued concern” about the policy.

“With the policy in place during this period of review, faculty and staff at Kansas universities would no longer have freedom of speech, nor the academic freedom necessary to do their jobs, nor tenure,” the letter states.

A spokeswoman for the board said in an email to the newspaper that the regents could not comment because they had not read the letter, but she added that “continued dialogue is welcome and encouraged.”

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