New Words, Same Tune: Kansas Board of Regents’ Revisions Fall Short
The Kansas Board of Regentsâ€™ revised social media policy grants academic freedom with one hand, and takes it away with the other. It adds the language of the work groupâ€™s model policy, but refuses the work groupâ€™s intent. It retains nearly all of the Boardâ€™s original language that drew such criticism â€” grounds for dismissal still include making statements â€œcontrary to the best interests of the university,â€ or that â€œimpair discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers,â€ and so on. But now, the policy begins by affirming principles of academic freedom.