Friday, April 6, 2012
Chicago State University has issued a new policy that forbids its faculty and employees to speak to the press via traditional or new media without prior approval from an "authorized CSU media relations officer or designate," according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Failure to obtain prior approval could result in a sanction up to including termination. Reaction from those employed at CSU and elsewhere has been swift and negative. More here from the Chicago Tribune.
Here is a link to CSU's "brand" policy document. Here's more from the Chronicle of Higher Education, with reader comments, one of which notes that the policy has since been withdrawn. More reactions to the policy from the press (wonder who communicated with them?) here (local CBS station) and here (Academe Blog).