Professors address regents on social media issue

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The following was sent to the Kansas Board of Regents:

Dear Kansas Board of Regents,

As University Distinguished Professors at Kansas State University, we write to call for the immediate repeal of the new social media policy, and to ask that you instead work together with elected faculty representatives and administration to craft a social media policy that best serves the interests of Kansas universities, their faculty, staff, and students. By revoking the faculty and staff’s right to freedom of speech, the new social media policy is an affront to academic freedom and academic excellence.

Furthermore, it undermines Kansas State University’s 2025 plan by driving away both potential hires and current faculty.  Social media covered by the new policy include cutting-edge venues valued for the dissemination of research, scholarly and creative activity, and development.  The free and open exchange of ideas is essential to fulfilling the mission of any university. As a group recognized for our contributions to and support of the essential research work of our university, we look forward to your response.

Sincerely yours,

Christer Aakeroy, Chemistry

John Blair, Biology

Frank Blecha, Anatomy & Physiology

Susan Brown, Biology

Edgar Chambers IV, Human Nutrition

M.M. Chengappa, Diagnostic Medicine

Gary Conrad, Biology

Rob Denell, Biology

Elizabeth Dodd, English

Walter Dodds, Biology

Michael Dryden, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

James H. Edgar, Chemical Engineering

Brett Esry, Physics

David Hartnett, Biology

John Hatcliff, Computing & Information Sciences

Dale Herspring, Political Sciences

Ryszard Jankowiak, Chemistry

Anthony Joern, Biology

Michael Kanost, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Ken Klabunde, Chemistry

David Littrell, Music

Daniel Marcus, Anatomy & Physiology

James Marsden, Animal Sciences & Industry

Richard Marston, Geography

Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, Anatomy & Physiology

T.G. Nagaraja, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Philip Nel, English

Harald Prins, Anthropology

Chuck Rice, Agronomy

Juergen Richt, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Jim Riviere, Anatomy & Physiology

Tom Roche, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Ted Schroeder, Agricultural Economics

James Shanteau, Psychological Sciences

Chris Sorensen, Physics

Brian S. Spooner, Biology

Xiuzhi Susan Sun, Grain Science & Industry

Michael Tokach, Animal Sciences & Industry

Philine Wangemann, Anatomy & Physiology

Ruth Welti, Biology

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