The Kansas Board of Regents’ new social media policy will require vigilant enforcement. How will we determine when speech is “contrary to the best interests of the employer”? How will we recognize speech that “impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers”? How can we prevent speech that has a “detrimental impact on close working relationships”? Given that academics work at all hours of the day and night, what constitutes “during the employee’s working hours”?
We are pleased to announce the formation of the Committee for Harmony, Loyalty, and Discipline.
Fellow patriots are invited to join our Committee, assisting employees of Kansas universities in promoting harmony, loyalty, and discipline, as per the policy’s prohibition against speech that
3.ii. when made pursuant to (i.e. in furtherance of) the employee’s official duties, is contrary to the best interests of the university;
3.iv. … impairs discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers, has a detrimental impact on close working relationships for which personal loyalty and confidence are necessary, impedes the performance of the speaker’s official duties, interferes with the regular operation of the university, or otherwise adversely affects the university’s ability to efficiently provide services.
How can you join?
- Adopt our uniform! If you’d like to get one of these shirts, you could go down to Thread in Aggieville (here in Manhttan, KS): they have the design on file. Just walk in and ask for this: “committee for harmony” design, in the May 8 folder. They’ll be able to access it and print you off one more or less immediately. If you are not in Manhattan, KS, Comrade Todd Gabbard would be happy to send you the file for the shirt so you can have it printed wherever you are. Alternatively, we might be able to make arrangements to get a shirt printed for you here and bring it to Wednesday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting.
- Come to the Kansas Board of Regents meeting, Wednesday May 14th at 1:30 pm, Board Office, Suite 520, Curtis State Office Building, 100 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS. If you have one of these t-shirts, wear it to the meeting. We’d like to get as many faculty, students, and staff out to Topeka as we can. The Board of Regents’s new policy will govern the network of public institutions here in Kansas, and will affect us all for years to come.
- Recommended reading: George Orwell’s 1984, Animal Farm, and “Politics and the English Language.”
Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Comrade Todd Gabbard. Remember: Ignorance is strength! Freedom is slavery!
Yours for harmony, loyalty, and discipline,
Comrades Todd Gabbard and Philip Nel
Kansas State University Subcommittee of the
Committee for Harmony, Loyalty, and Discipline