Mizzou Director of Greek Life Basler relieved of duties, placed on administrative leave

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — A woman who was among University of Missouri employees whose videotaped clash with a student photographer during protests on the campus helped fan debate about free press is on administrative leave.

The Columbia campus’ director of student life, Mark Lucas, says in a statement that Janna Basler was placed on leave Wednesday and that the department is investigating her actions.

He says Basler is the school’s director of Greek life.

Basler and assistant professor Melissa Click of the school’s communications department drew criticism for trying to stop a freelance student photographer from taking pictures of protesters celebrating the university system president’s resignation announcement on Monday. The incident was captured on video and posted online.

Click apologized Tuesday.

Basler didn’t return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

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