COLUMBIA — MU assistant professor Melissa Click has been suspended pending further investigation by the UM System Board of Curators.
“The Board of Curators directs the General Counsel, or outside counsel selected by General Counsel, to immediately conduct an investigation and collaborate with the city attorney and promptly report back to the board so it may determine whether additional discipline is appropriate,” Board Chairwoman Pam Henrickson said in a statement released after a curators' meeting that began at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
On Nov. 9, Click was recorded in a video calling for "some muscle" to remove MU senior Mark *Schierbecker from a human circle surrounding the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle after the resignation of former UM System President Tim Wolfe.
The suspension came two days after City Prosecutor Steve Richey filed a misdemeanor assault charge against Click in connection with the Nov. 9 events. In the court document, Richey says the "defendant knowingly caused physical contact" with Schierbecker.
Schierbecker said on Nov. 11 that he filed a municipal simple assault complaint against Click with the MU Police Department, saying Click grabbed his camera "attempting to knock it from his grasp." Click pleaded not guilty to the assault charge on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, 117 Republican lawmakers called for Click’s dismissal in a letter addressed to MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, UM System Interim President Mike Middleton and the Board of Curators.
Foley said in a news conference Monday that the assault charge would factor into the decision to grant Click tenure. She's about halfway through the tenure process.
Click could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. The Board of Curators declined to further comment on the suspension. Foley was at the meeting but also declined to comment.
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