MU board upholds Click's firing unanimously, no further appeals to come

Click says decision 'appears to be designed to discourage future activism'

The University of Missouri's (MU) Board of Curators voted unanimously on Tuesday to uphold the termination of Melissa Click, the former assistant professor who gained notoriety for her role in Mizzou protests.

The board also rejected an appeal of the decision to fire Click, leaving the former professor with no further path to reinstatement within the university.

 Click has been on paid suspension pending the appeal.

She was fired in February after two videos surfaced of her protesting alongside students angry with the administration's seeming indifference to campus racial tensions and incidents. In one video she calls for "muscle" to remove student journalists covering a campus demonstration, and in the other she swears at a police officer during a campus demonstration.

Click says her punishment "appears to be designed to discourage future activism" and is disproportionate to her actions "within the context of 12 years of outstanding service to MU."

She says she will continue to fight the board's decision (Addo, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15).

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