Click claims Board of Curators "bowed to conservative voices"
COLUMBIA - Melissa Click said in a statement Tuesday morning that the UM Board of Curators "bowed to conservative voices" when it fired her from MU. The statement comes after the American Association of University Professors announced it would investigate Click's termination.
Click claims the curators are using her "as a scapegoat to distract from larger campus issues" and punishing her for "standing with students who have drawn attention to overt racism at the University of Missouri." Click said she believes the curators must rescind their termination notice.
The Board of Curators fired Click on Feb. 24, stating her conduct "did not meet the expectations of a university faculty member."
Here is Click's full statement.
I am pleased with the American Association for University Professors’ (AAUP) announcement that they will launch an investigation of the University of Missouri Board of Curators’ decision to suspend and terminate me without due process. The AAUP’s action underscores my belief that the Curators have overstepped their authority. While I have taken the Curators’ offer to appeal their decision to terminate me, I do not believe that the process they used to come to their decision was fair. I firmly believe that the Curators must adhere to MU’s Collected Rules and Regulations and rescind their termination notice.
I reject the Board of Curators’ claim that my case is “not typical.” In their decision to terminate my employment, the Curators bowed to conservative voices that seek to tarnish my stellar 12-year record at MU. Instead of disciplining me for conduct that does not “meet expectations for a University faculty member,” the Curators are punishing me for standing with students who have drawn attention to the issue of overt racism at the University of Missouri. While I have apologized on numerous occasions to numerous parties for my actions on October 10, 2015 and November 9, 2015, I will not apologize for my support of Black students who experience racism at the University of Missouri.
The Board of Curators is using me as a scapegoat to distract from larger campus issues, but their termination of my employment will not remedy the environment of injustice that persists at MU. Instead of seeking to silence Black students and their allies, MU must acknowledge the concerns of marginalized students on our campus, address the racial problems that shape the campus community, and ensure fair treatment of all students, staff, and faculty.