COLUMBIA — The American Association of University Professors called Friday for the UM System Board of Curators to reverse their decision to fire Melissa Click, AAUP's associate secretary Hans-Joerg Tiede said in a letter addressed to MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley.
"We therefore urge in strongest terms that the board of curators immediately rescind the notice of termination issued to Professor Click and that any subsequent action be consistent with the institutional regulations of the University of Missouri and with the AAUP-supported procedural standards," the letter said.
The letter was a response to the curators' 4-2 decision Wednesday to fire Click. The decision came after an investigation of her behavior on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle after former UM System President Tim Wolfe's resignation and protests during the MU Homecoming parade in October.
The AAUP is composed of U.S. professors and academics, and its website says it "has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities."
In the letter, Tiede said the curators' actions did not conform with MU's regulations or with the organization's standards on academic due process. He said these standards were listed in a 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and a 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings.
"We understand that while the board of curators has offered Professor Click the opportunity to appeal the decision to the board, it has not provided her with a hearing before a faculty body," the letter said.
The letter also referenced a statement issued Thursday by the MU Faculty Council, stating MU faculty members should be given a hearing before being fired.
AAUP previously weighed in on Click's suspension in a letter sent Feb. 2 to Foley. The organization called for her reinstatement and asked that she be given due process according to procedural standards.
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