Kansas universities to enforce social media policy

Public universities in Kansas will be responsible for enforcing a new policy approved by the Kansas Board of Regents that could result in university faculty and staff being fired over improper use of social media.

Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the board doesn't get involved in personnel decisions at the universities.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the regents last week approved a policy that says a university chief executive officer can discipline employees, up to termination, for social media communication that affects the university's ability to carry out its functions. The regents approved the measure unanimously in the wake of a tweet by University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth.

Under the new policy, universities will develop a grievance procedure for faculty and staff to appeal employment decisions.