Kansas Regents Approve Social Media Policy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Employees of the state's universities now have a policy governing their use of social media.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved it Wednesday.

Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the policy aims to balance employees rights to speak as private citizens but also the rights of employers to take action in situations involving unprotected speech.

"The goal of this policy is to provide guidance to all university employees and university administration regarding the use of social media. We appreciate Attorney General Schmidt’s office review of this policy and the determination that it is constitutional and does not violate any free speech or due process rights,” Logan said in statement.

In part, the policy allows employees to be fired if they make statements on social media considered "contrary to the best interest of the university."

Earlier this year, KU journalism professor David Guth was placed on leave for a tweet sent in the wake of the Navy yard shootings that targeted the National Rifle Association.