College reverses controversial new media policy

Chicago State University has quickly reversed its decision to ban its faculty and staff from speaking with the media — a policy which could have led to termination if violated, the Huffington Post reports. The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the university instructed its faculty and staff that any form of media community — including via social media — must be approved by the school’s public relations division. The school, in response to the Tribune’s inquiry, said the policy is currently under review. Later Friday, however, university officials told the paper the policy “had not received proper review and approval through legal counsel prior to being distributed” and was being withdrawn. Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, told the Tribune that the policy is “an obscenity and absurdity and is not tolerable.”

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