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The University of Missouri Board of Curators have rejected Dr. Melissa Click's appeal of her termination. Click's firing was announced on February 25th along with the release of an investigation into her actions during protests at the university last November. A student videographer filmed her calling for “some muscle” to remove press and observers from the scene of a protest following the resignation of former University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe.

UM Curators Elect Co-chairs for Presidential Search

Mar 14, 2016
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Monday the selection of two co-chairs to its presidential search committee at a meeting in Columbia.

Cheryl Walker and James Whitaker will lead the committee which includes all six members of the Board of Curators, one student representative to the board and four at-large members.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators may have a new member. Governor Jay Nixon’s office said in a news release Thursday afternoon that Patrick Graham was nominated for the position of student representative.

As a non-voting member, he would hold the office until January 2018. Graham said he was happy to get the call informing him of the nomination.

“I will say I’m really excited to join the board and am grateful for Governor Nixon’s nomination and I’m looking forward to being a part of it and helping to bring about some important change at Mizzou,” Graham said.

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The Columbia Missourian reports the American Association of University Professors will investigate the UM System Board of Curator's firing of former Missouri Communication Professor Melissa Click.. You can read the Missourian's coverage of the story here.

Click issued this statement about the investigation:

Spike Lee Documents Concerned Student 1950 Demonstration for Upcoming ESPN Film

Mar 7, 2016
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Filmmaker Spike Lee was in Columbia Monday shooting footage for a short documentary about the University of Missouri football team for ESPN.

"We've been here since Saturday. We're doing a piece for ESPN. It's a smaller version of 30 for 30, the series is called, 'little joints," Lee said.

Lee conducted interviews with students and faculty on Monday about the past and present campus climate, last November’s Concerned Student 1950 protests and the Mizzou football boycott.

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The Missouri School of Journalism invited Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award winning journalist, to come to campus last month and spend the day with journalism students. The visit culminated in a talk for journalism students called “Covering racial injustice in the age of Black Lives Matter.”

When Hannah-Jones came to MU, she talked to students, faculty and staff in the journalism school about how to cover issues of race. She also talked about how she practices a blend of data-driven and narrative journalism.

A member of MU leadership has sent a letter to Concerned Student 1950 requesting they consider using different tactics to accomplish their goals.

Chuck Henson is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at MU. He sent a letter to the protest group yesterday asking them to help improve relationships on campus and said “the time for demands, threats and arbitrary deadlines is over.”

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In a media briefing held over phone early Thursday afternoon, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, University of Missouri System Interim President Mike Middleton and University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson announced that Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click has been terminated after a vote from the University of Missouri system’s board of curators.

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When Liam Theberge, a senior at Hickman High School, heard that the Columbia Board of Education was going to be talking about adding gender identity and gender expression to the District’s nondiscrimination policy last September, he knew he had to be at that meeting. “It was a really big and important topic for me, and I think a lot of incoming students and even current students needed to have their voice there,” Theberge said.

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  In late January, Missouri House Rep. Kip Kendrick filed his first bill of this year’s state legislative session. Kendrick’s bill, the Student Debt Relief Act, would give Missouri college graduates the ability to refinance any student loans after graduation.

“Currently there are zero options to refinance student loans in the state of Missouri. So it’s about providing graduates and individuals working an option to be able to refinance and to lower rates, but then also to really make sure that the repayment issue is addressed,” Kendrick said.

MU's Working Group Meets to Improve Campus Climate

Feb 18, 2016
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 Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Chuck Henson is working with student leadership on MU’s campus to promote an improved campus climate.

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Dr. Patrice “Patrick” Delafontaine, who stepped down as dean of the MU School of Medicine in Sept. 2015, will step back into the role effective immediately, according to a press release Thursday. 

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Interim University of Missouri Chancellor Hank Foley issued a written statement Sunday night responding to newly released police body camera video of MU Communications Professor Melissa Click in a confrontation with police after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950 at the MU Homecoming Parade.

Here is Foley's complete statement:

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 The University of Missouri system would be denied a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee.  The system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

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The topics of diversity, inclusion and respect were the main ideas of and open session on February 5, although the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators discussed various topics related to the UM system during a series of meetings over the course of two days.

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A new achievement report was the topic of much discussion at Monday night’s Columbia Public Schools board meeting.



Several University of Missouri students are pressing the system's governing board for faster reforms in diversity as the Columbia campus continues grappling with racial unrest punctuated by racial protests there last November.

Black graduate student Timothy Love was among four students at the Columbia school who addressed the university's curators during their meeting Friday. He pressed for a requirement that undergraduate students have at least one comprehensive class about race and gender, and that it deals with "the science of prejudice."

Two dozen black protesters twice interrupted a meeting of the University of Missouri system's governing board to read a list of demands for improvements in diversity.

Updated at 10:10 a.m. Monday with Steward resignation and statement, Graham still on board:

Now the St. Louis area has just one representative on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. And all of the members are white

Following last week's resignation of Yvonne Sparks from St. Louis, David Steward of St. Louis County, a  founder of World Wide Technology, has also resigned from the board. Gov. Jay Nixon's office confirmed the news Monday, releasing this statement:

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Wednesday night it is suspending University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click. Chair of the Board of Curators Pam Henrickson issued this statement following a nearly four hour special meeting:

The Columbia City Prosecutor announced Monday that MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click will face third degree assault charges. The KBIA news staff became unwittingly involved in events surrounding the Columbia City Prosecutor’s decision, and we believe an account of these events is worth sharing.

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University of Missouri graduate students workers have drafted bylaws for a potential union.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Forum on Graduate Rights expects to hold an election this spring on whether to create the union. Committee members with the forum need a petition with signatures of a majority of graduate student workers to hold the election.

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University of Missouri graduate students are guaranteed their health insurance subsidies – at least for the next year.  

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The University of Missouri System will begin mediation with a labor union that represents service, maintenance and custodial employees. 

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A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters. 

University of Missouri officials say they expect a drop in enrollment for the fall after student protests roiled the Columbia campus last year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports an internal memo from Director of Admissions Chuck May said the controversy contributed to the decrease but it's too early to accurately forecast enrollment.

Students from the Riverview Gardens School District enrolled at other schools have been notified that their home district may receive an upgrade in its accreditation status, which could force them to change schools next year. 

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The school bell runs the daily routines at Mid-Missouri high schools.

 The University of Missouri system's interim president's contract calls for him to be paid nearly $40,000 a month.

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A new report shows that almost 40 percent of tenure-track faculty at the University of Missouri received waivers that allow them to reduce their teaching load during their final academic years.