Wednesday afternoon, the Board of Regents approved revisions to their social media policy. The Board adopted the proposed revisions from the Governance Committee in a unanimous vote.
Freedom of inquiry and expression are vital to the success of universities, as well as central to the rights and responsibilities we have as university faculty and staff. As with most Regents policies, application of the social media policy will be governed by each individual campus. At the University of Kansas, we will ensure that the application is guided by our commitment to academic freedom and open inquiry and expression as protected by the First Amendment.
We wish to thank the members of university governance who have maintained an open and constructive dialogue about the social media policy and have done an excellent job of keeping their colleagues across our KU campuses informed and providing opportunities to voice an opinion.
Moving forward, we will continue working closely with university governance to develop appropriate institutional procedures for addressing incidents that may fall under the Regents’ social media policy. Governance leaders have made clear they will continue to provide opportunity for campus feedback.
The end result will be procedures that are consistent with KU’s tradition of shared governance and clearly respect our long history of protecting academic freedom and free speech.
Jeffrey S. Vitter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Douglas Girod, M.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor
University of Kansas Medical Center