Melissa Click suspended pending investigation

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COLUMBIA - The UM Board of Curators has confirmed assistant communication professor Melissa Click is suspended pending further investigation. 

Click faces third-degree assault charges for an incident that took place on November 9 following the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe. She pleaded not guilty to the third-degree assault charges on Tuesday.

Video showed she grabbed a student journalist's camera while he was trying to cover the student protests on Carnahan Quadrangle, and she called for "muscle" to help her remove the student from the area. 

In the weeks and months since the incident, Click has come under fire from those who say she violated the First Amendment. Click resigned her courtesy appointment to the University of Missouri School of Journalism following the incident. 

The UM Board of Curators said an investigation would be conducted in order to determine if further discipline is necessary.

No timetable has been set for the investigation, but the UM Board of Curators said the investigation will be conducted by the General Counsel, or outside counsel chosen by General Counsel, and they will report back "promptly" to the Board of Curators with a recommendation.