Regents’ social-media policy too vague, severe

computerdeleteThe Kansas Board of Regents’ new social-media policy for the state’s public universities is getting hammered – and for good reason. The new policy is too vague and severe, allowing the university chief executive to fire or suspend faculty or staff members for the “improper use” of social media. This includes communication considered “contrary to the best interests of the university” or that “impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers.” Columnist Rebecca Schuman argued in Slate this week that “it is these two phrases’ ominously wide reach – and overt insistence on lockstep fealty – that are legitimately terrifying.”