MU Board of Curators fires asst. professor Melissa Click over behavior during protests

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Mizzou assistant professor Melissa Click

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri Board of Curators fired Melissa Click on Thursday.

The assistant professor in the Communications department was captured on video calling for “some muscle” to remove reporters from a protest organized by the Concerned Student 1950 group, whose protests and concerns led to the resignation of  Missouri University system president Tim Wolfe.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Pam Henrickson, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, said:

“The board believes that Dr. Click’s conduct was not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member. The circumstances surrounding Dr. Click’s behavior, both at a protest in October when she tried to interfere with police officers who were carrying out their duties, and at a rally in November, when she interfered with members of the media and students who were exercising their rights in a public space and called for intimidation against one of our students, we believe demands serious action.”

Click here to read the complete statement.

Melissa Click has said she regrets her actions.

A Missouri lawmaker proposed cutting $8 million from the University of Missouri system roiled by recent race-related protests at its Columbia campus. The possible cuts included reducing funding to the Columbia campus by $400,000, among other things by eliminating Click’s salary.

Henrickson’s statement contained a timeline of events relevant to Click’s dismissal:

Timeline

October 10, 2015 – Dr. Click blocks Homecoming parade and gets into confrontation with CPD

November 9, 2015 – Click attempts to exclude people from public spaces on Carnahan Quadrangle; attempts to prohibit Tim Tai and other media from covering event; knocks MU student Mark Schierbecker’s camera ajar and calls for “muscle” to remove him from area

January 25, 2016 – City Prosecutor brings charge against Click for assaulting Schierbecker

January 27, 2016 – Board of Curators suspends Click and orders investigation to determine whether additional discipline is appropriate

January 28, 2016 – Bryan Cave law firm commences investigation

February 4, 2016 – Board of Curators schedules a meeting for February 24, 2016

February 12, 2016 – Bryan Cave completes investigation and provides investigative report to Click for response

February 19, 2016 – Click provides response to investigative report

February 20, 2016 – Investigative report and Click’s response provided to board of curators

February 22, 2016 – Public Notice of board meeting for February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016 – Board meeting and vote

February 25, 2016 – Announcement