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University of Missouri System Fires Assistant Professor Melissa Click

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In a media briefing held over phone early Thursday afternoon, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, University of Missouri System Interim President Mike Middleton and University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson announced that Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click has been terminated after a vote from the University of Missouri system’s board of curators.

Click was thrust into the national spotlight during protests at the university last November, when a student videographer filmed her calling for “some muscle” to remove press and observers from the scene of a protest following the resignation of former University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe.  She later became the target of criticism within the Missouri state legislature, including attempts to significantly reduce the university system's funding in response to her continued employment.  

The full report sent to university officials on Click's conduct:

Nathan Lawrence is an editor, documentary filmmaker and data journalist.
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