The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators has fired Melissa Click, an assistant professor of communications who has been the subject of controversy since November, according to Koran Addo of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In November, with Missouri’s campus drowning in student protests over race relations and the football team threatening to boycott games and practices unless president Tim Wolfe resigned, Click was caught on video calling for “muscle” to block student journalists from covering a demonstration taking place on campus. Interim Chancellor Hank Foley called Click’s behavior “appalling” last weekend and expressed anger at what he described as her “pattern of misconduct.”
Local politicians also called for Click’s dismissal, as over 100 Republican members of the State Legislature sent a letter to the university asking for that action to be taken. Thus, in a closed-door meeting in Kansas City, Click’s termination was agreed upon by a 4-2 vote.
“The board respects Dr. Click’s right to express her views and does not base this decision on her support for students engaged in protest or their views,” board member Pamela Quigg Henrickson said. “However, Dr. Click was not entitled to interfere with the rights of others, to confront members of law enforcement or to encourage potential physical intimidation against a student.”
Click has the right to appeal the board’s decision, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for any further updates on this story.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Kansas City Star