Appeal of fired University of Missouri educator rejected

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Mizzou assistant professor Melissa Click

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri curators have rejected the appeal of an assistant professor who drew national attention for her run-ins with student journalists during protests.

The four-campus system announced Tuesday in a news release that the board unanimously reached the decision Monday during a closed session. The release said the board found that Melissa Click’s appeal “brought no new relevant information” and that the matter was “closed.”

Curators Chairwoman Pamela Henrickson said after the board met Monday in open session and before its closed session that Click was continuing to be paid pending the appeal.

A spokesman for the curators, John Fougere, said Click’s pay ceases as of Tuesday.

Click has said in a previous statement that her dismissal was unfair and that the normal, on-campus procedures weren’t followed.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators issued the following statement regarding Click’s appeal:

Yesterday during executive session, the Board of Curators voted unanimously to reject the appeal filed by MU assistant professor Dr. Melissa Click, upholding the termination of her employment approved by the board on February 24. In the board’s view, her appeal brought no new relevant information to the curators.

This action by the board completes the discipline and appeals process for Dr. Click. Dr. Click was treated fairly throughout this matter, including meeting with investigators multiple times to share information as well as her opinion; providing investigators with a list of favorable witnesses, with every attempt made by investigators to meet with those suggested by Dr. Click; ample opportunity, along with her legal counsel, to review and provide comments to the investigator’s report, which included all documents, videos and witness statements in the report, before the final report was even reviewed by the board; and finally, Dr. Click’s opportunity to appeal the decision of the board.

We consider this matter now closed and are moving forward as a university and as a community.