University of Missouri communication professor Melissa Click was charged with assault for her actions during the university’s campus protests last fall, reports ABC 17 News in Columbia, Mo. Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Click will keep her job for the time being. A university task force will study the Nov. 9 incident. Foley said, “Dr. Click is frankly aggrieved by this. I doubt she would do anything like this again.”
Click was seen in several videos confronting journalists and blocking their access to protests on the MU campus through physical and verbal intimidation. The MU School of Journalism revoked her courtesy title following the incident. Some faculty members voiced their support for Click in a signed letter, but several legislators called for her termination this month. Columbia State Representative Caleb Jones said the charges are appropriate. “While the University of Missouri seems to have no accountability, the judicial system in Missouri does,” he said.