If you’ve been following the news, you know that the Kansas board of regents on Wednesday adopted a social media policy that allows faculty and other to be punished for a broad and vaguely defined range of expressions, including any that are “contrary to the best interests of the employer” or “impairs . . . harmony among co-workers.” Yikes.
Phil Nel, a Kansas faculty member and blogger who has been in the forefront of the fight against the policy, describes the Orwellian board meeting at which the policy was adopted–with board members blandly affirming their respect for faculty and commitment to academic freedom while passing an egregious policy that threatens academic freedom. Read his post.
On the bright side, the policy is SO egregious that folks are noticing that fact. The Kansas City Star editorialized that “Perhaps there is a way the Kansas Board of Regents could have done a worse job of writing a social media policy. But it’s hard to see how.”