KU Procedures for the Board of Regents Social Media Policy
To articulate procedures for implementing the Board of Regents Social Media policy.
All faculty and staff on the KU Lawrence campus and its reporting units. (This Policy does not apply to students.)
In the instance that a faculty or staff member’s use of social media potentially violates the KBOR Social Media Policy, the Provost shall notify the employee that an Initial Review Panel will convene.
Initial Review Panel ("IRP")
An initial review panel shall determine whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that the faculty or staff member violated the social media policy. To reach its determination, the Initial Review Panel shall, at its discretion, receive and gather evidence and testimony, including written and/or oral testimony. The faculty or staff member in question has the option to present a written statement. No charge shall proceed to the Substantive Review Board unless upon a determination by the Initial Review Panel that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the member of the faculty or staff improperly used social media as defined by the Social Media Policy.
The IRP shall be composed of one designee of the Provost and two designees of the University Senate Executive Committee. One of the designees of the University Senate Executive Committee should be a member of the employee class of the employee who is facing the charge. The second designee of the University Senate Executive Committee shall be selected from among the three Law School faculty members on the Judicial Board (See: University Senate Code, Article XI. Section 4.a.I). All nominations to the IRP must be approved jointly by the Provost and the President of the University Senate. No nominee shall be approved if a conflict of interest exists that shall compromise the impartiality of the review.
These three members will elect their own chair.
Substantive Review Board ("SRB")
In the event that the IRP has determined that there are reasonable grounds to proceed with a charge, the Substantive Review Board shall consider evidence and testimony to determine whether to make a recommendation for disciplinary action. The burden of establishing that there has been a violation of the Social Media Policy shall be on the University. If there are disputed issues of material fact, the accused employee shall have the right to present relevant evidence, including the testimony of witnesses, and to cross-examine adverse witnesses. If the SRB determines that there are no disputed issues of material fact, it may make its recommendation on the basis of written submissions and without an evidentiary hearing.
The SRB shall be composed of five members chosen on a case-by-case basis through the following procedure:
- In a case of a charge against a member of the faculty (including non-tenure-track faculty), the members of the Committee shall be
- Two tenured faculty members chosen by the Provost or designee, and
- Three tenured faculty members chosen by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, one of whom shall be selected from among the three Law School faculty members on the Judicial Board (See: University Senate Code, Article XI. Section 4.a.I).
- In a case of a charge against any other University employee, the members of the Committee shall be
- Two University employees chosen by the Provost or designee, and
- Three University employees chosen by the University Senate Executive Committee, one of whom shall be selected from among the three Law School faculty members on the Judicial Board (See: University Senate Code, Article XI. Section 4.a.I).
All nominations to the SRB must be approved jointly by the Provost and the President of the University Senate. No nominee shall be approved if a conflict of interest exists that shall compromise the impartiality of the review.
The Committee shall choose one of its members as the chair.
Substantive Review Board Outcome
The SRB shall weigh the evidence for and against the charge of an improper use of social media under the KBOR Social Media Policy and shall report its recommendation to the Provost and the faculty or staff member who is the subject of the review.
The IRP shall conduct its initial review within 5-7 days of receiving the charge; the SRB shall have 14-21 days to review information/hold a hearing and 5-7 days to write a report and make a recommendation. Any Board member not available to participate in a hearing within the required timeframe will be replaced. The IRP and the SRB shall have the authority to adjust timeframes for good reason as deemed necessary (for example, for a brief delay to allow an employee sufficient time to retain legal counsel), with appropriate notification to the involved parties.
Disciplinary action taken subsequent to the recommendation of SRB is subject to appeal in accordance with existing procedures as described in USRR 6.4.1. Appeal procedures for University Support Staff are outlined in the Disciplinary Action Hearing Board for University Support Staff Guidelines and for University Professional Staff are outlined in the Grievance Procedures for Personnel Policies and Procedures, Unclassified Professional Staff, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
01/18/2024: Updated contact section.
02/21/2017: Fixed broken link to Kansas Board of Regents Policy Manual.
These procedures were developed by a university committee appointed by the Provost in Fall, 2014, and approved with amendments by University Senate on 04/08/2015. Additional amendments proposed by the Provost and governance leaders in May, 2015, were endorsed by the University Senate Executive committee on 05/27/2015, prior to review and final approval by the Chancellor on 06/15/2015.