Episode 23: Social Media and Academic Freedom

Malouf_Scott_3_400x400Recent cases of academics posting inflammatory content has led to consequences. Case in point is Steve Salaita. A tenured professor, Salaita was ready to accept a new role University of Illinois. However, his job offer at U of I was rescinded, allegedly because of anti-Semitic tweets.

David Guth, a professor at the University of Kansas, posted insensitive tweets about the NRA following the Navy Yard shooting in 2013. The  University of Kansas suspended him and changing its social media policies.

Both these stories have led to debate about whether academics have the academic freedom to post such content.

On episode 23 of FIR on Higher Education, social media attorney Scott Malouf offers his perspective. In addition, he shares best practice on how to go about drafting and reviewing social media policies.

This episode is sponsored in part by Experiential Communications’ forthcoming Online Media Training Program for Academics.

About Scott Malouf
Scott is a social media attorney. He helps litigators turn social media into court-ready evidence, reduce the cost of social media discovery, find evidence in unexpected places and identify new claims and strategies arising from social media. He also assists corporate and business attorneys in creating corporate social media programs that achieve business, compliance and legal objectives. More information at www.scottmalouf.com.

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