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U. of Missouri Suspends Professor Seen in Run-in With Student Journalists

  • Associated Press

FILE - University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click is seen in a screenshot from a video shot by University of Missouri student photographer Mark Schierbecker, telling the photographer he "needs to go" and can't videotape the student protesters,

FILE - University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click is seen in a screenshot from a video shot by University of Missouri student photographer Mark Schierbecker, telling the photographer he "needs to go" and can't videotape the student protesters,

The University of Missouri's governor board says it's suspended an assistant professor accused of assault stemming from a campus run-in with student journalists during protests in November.

Pam Henrickson, chair of the University of Missouri system's Board of Curators, said in a statement after a special board meeting Wednesday night that Melissa Click is suspended "pending further investigation."

The board called for its general counsel to conduct an investigation so the board can determine whether additional discipline "is appropriate."

Click had a confrontation with a student photographer and a student videographer on Nov. 9 during protests at the Columbia campus over what some saw as university leadership's indifference to racial issues.

'Some muscle'

Click called for "some muscle" to help remove the videographer from the protest area on the Columbia campus.

Click has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Interim university Chancellor Hank Foley resisted calls earlier this week to fire Click, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He said he would wait for due process to play out.

Click is scheduled to be back in court on February 16, the paper reported.

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