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The University of Missouri is fighting a former assistant professor's effort to collect unemployment benefits after she was fired for conduct during campus protests.

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An academic association has voted to censure the University of Missouri-Columbia for firing an assistant professor after she interfered with journalists during protests.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators have rejected Dr. Melissa Click's appeal of her termination. Click's firing was announced on February 25th along with the release of an investigation into her actions during protests at the university last November. 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.

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The Columbia Missourian reports the American Association of University Professors will investigate the UM System Board of Curator's firing of former Missouri Communication Professor Melissa Click.. You can read the Missourian's coverage of the story here.

Click issued this statement about the investigation:

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced on Thursday its decision to terminate the employment of Melissa Click, the professor who has been steeped in controversy since she confronted student journalists during on-campus protests last fall.

University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson said in her statement that “The board believes that Dr. Click’s conduct was not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member.”

Many faculty members, including the executive committee of the MU faculty council on University Policy issues, had voiced their support of Click since the Board suspended her in late January.

On Thursday, just an hour after Click’s termination had been announced, MU interim Chancellor Hank Foley took questions from faculty and staff at the previously scheduled Faculty Council meeting.

 

A Missouri lawmaker is proposing cutting $8 million from the University of Missouri system roiled by recent race-related protests at its Columbia campus.

The possible funding cuts were rolled out Tuesday by Republican House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan of Carthage in southwest Missouri.

The cuts include reducing funding to the Columbia campus by $400,000, among other things by eliminating the salary of suspended University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. The budget plan also would cut more than $7 million from the system's administration.

MU Communications Professor Melissa Click broke her silence, telling her story to several local media outlets. But, her attempt to repair her image faced a new challenge Saturday, when the Columbia Missourian published video from the Homecoming parade. Also, how the media covered the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, journalists making and accepting donations and some potentially revolutionary organizational changes coming to the BBC. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley released statements on Sunday addressing the police body camera video of faculty member Melissa Click in confrontation with police at the MU Homecoming Parade, after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950. He plans to address the video with the UM Board of Curators.

MU Communications Professor Melissa Click broke her silence, telling her story to several local media outlets. But, her attempt to repair her image faced a new challenge Saturday, when the Columbia Missourian published video from the Homecoming parade.

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Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley issued a written statement Sunday night responding to newly released police body camera video of MU Communications Professor Melissa Click in a confrontation with police after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950 at the MU Homecoming Parade.

Here is Foley's complete statement:

For those following the unrest at the University of Missouri last fall, Melissa Click became a household name after she confronted a student trying to record a gathering of students on a campus quadrangle, shoving the student’s camera and calling for muscle to have him removed from the area.

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A national association is calling for the reinstatement of suspended University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click, who was involved in a run-in with a student journalist during campus protests in November.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Wednesday night it is suspending University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. Chair of the Board of Curators Pam Henrickson issued this statement following a nearly four hour special meeting:

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An assistant professor at the University of Missouri has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a campus run-in with a student journalist during protests in November.

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A spokesperson for the Columbia City Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that Columbia City Prosecutor Stephen Richey filed third degree assault charges against Melissa Click Tuesday morning. Third degree assault is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Click, an assistant professor of communications, drew national attention after she confronted a student photographer and another student videographer during the protests, calling for "muscle" to help remove them from the protest area.

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A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters. 

A group of Republican lawmakers submitted letters Monday to the administration of the University of Missouri calling for the “immediate termination” of Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who was filmed calling for “muscle” to block press during demonstrations at the university last November.

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A University of Missouri employee has resumed working after her videotaped clash with a student photographer during campus protests helped fan debate about free press.

MU Board of Curators Finalize Meetings

Dec 11, 2015

Friday Morning the UM system Board of Curators discussed a variety of issues that have been at the forefront of recent news. Most notably, the protests that led to former UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation has left newly appointed interim UM System President Mike Middleton with a big challenge. 

MUPD Investigating Assault on Campus

Nov 16, 2015
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The University of Missouri Police Department arrested 19-year-old Khawhyn Johnson on Saturday for simple assault after an alleged attack that occurred Thursday afternoon at Speakers Circle. MU Police Department Public Information Officer Major Scott Richardson says the investigation is currently open and further details including whether Johnson is an MU student have not been released. MU Interim Chancellor Dr.