03 distinguished professors from four Kansas universities (K-State, KU, Wichita State, KUMC) are calling for an immediate end to the Kansas Board of Regents’ new termination policy. It threatens long-term damage to the missions of each institution. It undermines the purpose of tenure, which is to allow faculty to pursue their scholarship without fear of repercussions. Academic freedom is the foundation upon which we build discovery, robust research, scholarship and creative activities.
Today, I’m joining other members of K-SAFE (K-Staters Against Fatal Encounters) and the KCGFC (Kansas Coalition for a Gun-Free Campus) at the statehouse, in Topeka. Â There, we’ll hand out flyers that – we hope – will show our legislators the grave danger theÂ “Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.” Yes, this is really theÂ name of the
As we read the news of yet anotherÂ shooting at a school (the 17th on a college campus this year,Â the 45th school shootingÂ shooting this year*), I cannot help but wonder: when will I be among those murdered? Â Earlier this year, a roving gunman had the campus of Kansas State University (where I teach) on lockdown. Fortunately,
In 2013, the Kansas Board of Regents revoked university employees’ right to freedom of speech, making a fireable offense any speech that might be conceived as disloyal, impair discipline, or fall under the broad category of being “contrary to the best interests of the employer.”Â Now, the Kansas legislature is proposingÂ legislation that prohibits university employees from
Good news for employees of Kansas universities. Freedom of speech appears to have been restored! You see,Â the Kansas Board of Regents’ recently passedÂ social media policyÂ saysÂ employees of Regents-governed KansasÂ universities do not have the right to freedom of speech. To be specific, employees can be fired for speech thatÂ “impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers,” “has
In response to the Kansas Board of Regents’ draconian, unconstitutional social media policy, a group of concerned faculty and students from Kansas State University drafted an Academic Freedom statement, during this past summer. I was not a member of this group, but I fully endorse their statement, which can be found asÂ no. 3 on Kansas
Under the Kansas Board of Regents‘ brave new social media policy, the faculty and staff of Kansas universities must make sure thatÂ their speech is harmonious, loyal, and conducive to discipline. Â So, the Kansas Board of Regents’ Committee for Harmony, Loyalty and Discipline is here to help youÂ monitor speech. Our staff artist, Comrade Warner, has created
In light of the Kansas Board of Regents’ decision to double down on itsÂ repressive social media policy, people keep asking me: What next? First, we may have lost this battle, but that doesn’t mean we’ll lose the war. In any case, opposing injustice does not mean that you’re going to win every time. The Kansas
Because every revolution needs a soundtrack, I assembled a couple of CDs of songs for the drive to and from Topeka, for yesterday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting. True, the drive isÂ notÂ in fact that long (only an hour each way), but creating playlists is a form of thinking. It’s something I do for fun. Really.
“The object of power is power.” – O’Brien, in George Orwell’sÂ 1984 To support the basic right to freedom of speech and to stand up for academic freedom, faculty, staff, and students from Kansas universities attended today’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka, Kansas. The room was packed: standing room only. Â The Board of Regents