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Kansas Universities Change Social Media Policy For Staff

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Faculty and staff at Kansas Universities may want to think twice before Tweeting. The Kansas Board of Regents has now updated it's social media policy, giving Kansas schools authority to discipline staff for what they put on the web. 

Brett Dalton is the man in charge of most social media for Pittsburg State University, but like most in the year 2013; he has his own personal Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well. And he has one simple rule of thumb when it comes to his accounts.
 
"Well I think if it's anything that would embarrass your mother, maybe you don't put it," Dalton said.
 
A sentiment the Kansas Board of Regents seems to share. Effective this week, the Board gave authority to all State Universities across the state of Kansas to suspend, dismiss or terminate faculty or staff members who make improper use of social media. Something Dalton says you have to be careful of in the modern age. 

"If you post something that is somewhat controversial, not only is that a reflection of yourself, but there are certain consequences whether it's personal or professional," Dalton said.
 
PSU tells me that this new policy is more of a set of clarifying guidelines, and that the president has long had the authority when dealing with social media issues.  

"A lot of times folks forget that social media is something that anyone can see, and often times doesn't go away," said Director of Communications Ron Womble.
 
Womble says his office uses social media on a daily basis. And while the policy bans faculty and staff from doing things like releasing confidential student data, inciting violence, or impairing discipline by superiors; Womble suspects it won't really change things at PSU.
 
"I don't know that very many people will see any change at all," Womble said.
 
Dalton for example, says all of his social media pages are public for the world to see. And that so long as he's careful, he's confident he'll be in the clear. 

The president of PSU says that he will host a meeting on the policy for faculty and staff sometime in January when everyone returns from winter break. 

If you'd like to read a full copy of the policy, click here. 

 

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