News in Brief, May 15, 2014

Kansas Board of Regents adopt revised social media policy

The Kansas Board of Regents have revised the news social media policy, which allows universities to discipline or fire faculty and staff for improperly using social media.

The changes, which were approved Wednesday, include new statements that academic freedom and free-speech rights will still be protected.

However, the board kept language defining improper use of social media as messages, which incite violence, disclose private student or health care information or are contrary to the best interests of the university.

The social media policy came in response to a Kansas University journalism professor tweeting about the National Rifle Association and its resistance to gun control. The policy was adopted in December and permits each university’s top administrator to discipline, suspend or fire staff who use social media improperly.

Eric Sexton named NCAA Athletic Director of the Year

Eric Sexton, Wichita State Athletic Director, was announced as Athletic Director of the Year in the NCAA Division I-AAA category Wednesday. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) honored him.

Under Sexton’s direction, WSU athletics have had another standout year. Most notably, the men’s basketball team finished the season 35-1, won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title and went to the NCAA tournament for the third year running.

Sexton has been Director of Athletics at WSU since 2008. He will receive the Under Armour AD of the Year award on June 11 at the NACDA’s Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orland, Fla.