AAUP visits MU to investigate Melissa Clicks dismissal

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COLUMBIA - Three American Association of University Professors(AAUP) members are visiting Columbia to meet with administrators, board members, faculty leaders and former MU Professor Melissa Click to investigate the University of Missouri Administration's decision to dismiss Click and look into faculty-administration relations as a whole.

AAUP is a group that seeks to protect academic freedom, and it sent a letter to the University of Missouri at the beginning of March after UM Board of Curators announced Click's dismissal on Feb 25, 2016.

In the letter, it said:"...the board of curators’ summary dismissal of her from the University of Missouri faculty is a matter of basic concern to our Association under its longstanding responsibilities."

After that, the executive director of the AAUP authorized an investigation committee to review Melissa Click's firing.

The investigation will decide whether firing Click violated the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and other AAUP-supported academic procedural standards. The investigation will also work on whether the board of curators of the University of Missouri system actions disregarded the institution’s own stated policies, and whether conditions for academic freedom and tenure at the institution are sound.

The Committee will determine whether to recommend that the association censure the UM administration at its June 18 annual meeting based on the investigation. A censure could mean the university would no longer be an AAUP member institution.

According to AAUP's website, "Members of the Association have often considered it to be their duty, in order to indicate their support of the principles violated, to refrain from accepting appointment to an institution so long as it remains on the censure list."

Only the vote of the delegates to the annual meeting can impose censure to board of curators of the University of Missouri system.