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Improper Use of Opinion

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Can get tenured faculty sacked.  Shorter University of Kansas: if you tweet or Facebook or Linkin or Flikr or Youtube anything that somebody powerful might disagree with, we can sack you. Or, put another way, we value the current interpretation of the 2nd Amendment higher than any interpretation of the 1st.

This new policy was crafted in response to a tenured professor at Kansas, who had the temerity to articulate his dissatisfaction with the state of gun control regulation in the United States:

In September, the University of Kansas suspended David W. Guth, a tenured journalism professor, after he responded to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard with this comment on Twitter:  “#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.”

The rules that the Kansas Board of Regents adopted are overly squishy and expansive, and for the less brave will have a chilling effect on speech. They appear to be specifically designed to constrain the ability for faculty to opine on issues of national, regional, and institutional importance, because disagreement is scary and might just negatively impact the “brand” of the institution.

I think here at LGM we should refer to such guidelines as the “Loomis Rule”.

UPDATE: Duck of Minerva does better.

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