Washburn Faculty, Staff Speech Is Not Restricted

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-- Washburn University president Jerry Farley says faculty and staff are not restricted from speaking to the media and legislators.

Confusion arose when the university in Topeka combined its communications policy with that used by Washburn Institute of Technology. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the policy was applied to Washburn's deans and at least one dean applied the restrictions to his faculty and staff.

The policy suggested to some that faculty and staff had to seek permission from administrators before talking to public officials and the media.

But Jerry Farley said Tuesday the protocols don't restrict faculty and staff from voicing their opinions publicly. He says faculty is asked only to make it clear they are speaking as individuals, not as university representatives.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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