Interim Chancellor, MU task force investigating Melissa Click

11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago January 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016 Monday, January 25 2016 Monday, January 25, 2016 4:17:00 PM CST in News
By: Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced Monday the university has created a task force to investigate the actions of Assistant Professor Melissa Click.

Click was charged with third degree assault early Monday after video surfaced of her at the Nov. 9 protests on campus. In the video, Click is seen asking for “some muscle” to remove a student journalist. 

In his press conference, Chancellor Foley apologized to the journalist on behalf of the university, and described the situation as “very bad for us all.” He said the task force, composed of legal and constitutional scholars, MU Police Department representatives, students and staff, will work part-time in the coming months to determine if the university should take further action.

"The academic community here at MU will continue to work on a very important question about Dr. Click. Is she or is she not someone who should receive tenure at this university?,” Foley said. "We’re in the process of making that very decision.”

Foley went on to say that Click is “aggrieved” by the situation, and he said he doubts she would do something like this again.

“We’re confident that she does not, of course, present any danger to anyone,” Foley said. “But we will protect the learning environment of our students.”

Foley said Click will work from home for the remainder of the week. 

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