Mizzou professor in viral video resigns from 'courtesy' position

The University of Missouri professor seen in a viral video trying to prevent a photographer from covering campus protests resigned her "courtesy" appointment with the journalism school on Wednesday -- however, university administrators were circling the wagons and not commenting further on her employment status within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment as journalism school faculty members were in the act of reviewing the appointment, the School of Journalism announced in a statement. The school noted that Click “never had a teaching role at the School.”

But the status of her primary position as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Science remained murky.

“The College of Arts and Science is not making any personnel statements right now regarding employment issues,” a spokesperson told When pressed on if Click was still employed, the spokesperson repeated the statement.

Click’s courtesy appointment allowed her to serve on graduate panels for students from other academic units, according to the Columbia Missourian. It’s not clear if Click received any compensation for the courtesy appointment.

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The video, showing University of Missouri protesters and Click, was posted on YouTube shortly after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned following a week of protests after his perceived lack of response to a series of racially-charged incidents.

Mark Schierbecker shot the video, which documented the demonstration and the crowd's reaction to Tim Tai, a student journalist who was photographing the event for ESPN. Near the end of the video, Schierbecker asks to speak to Click, who was standing with the protesters.

“No, you need to get out,” Click replies, pointing away, and at one point seeming to grab Schierbecker's camera. “You need to get out. You need to get out.”

When Schierbecker tells Click that he doesn’t need to leave the area, she asks for help from the protesters.

“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click says. “I need some muscle over here.”

Click issued an apology on Tuesday, saying she had “learned about humanity and humility.”

“I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice,” she said in the statement.