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New Washburn Communication Policy Draws Criticism

A newspaper report suggests that faculty members at Washburn University must now alert the school’s administration before they talk to public officials or members of the media.

Academic affairs vice president Randy Pembrook says the policy developed earlier this month was intended only for the university’s deans, and as a way to keep track of their statements or presentations on subjects related to the university.

But the Topeka Capitol Journal reports that the policy makes no indication that it's limited to deans. The newspaper says other actions have suggested the rule is intended for the entire university.

The policy is drawing criticism for limiting the free speech of Washburn faculty.