National group censures University of Missouri-Columbia over Melissa Click firing

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An academic association has voted to censure the University of Missouri-Columbia for firing an assistant professor after she interfered with journalists during protests.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the American Association of University Professors voted Saturday to place the university on its censure list. The action was expected since May when the association concluded the university circumvented rules for faculty discipline and likely bowed to political pressure when it fired Melissa Click.

Click's February firing followed a videotaped confrontation of her calling for "some muscle" to remove a student videographer from a protest area.

A university system spokesman said Saturday their response is the same as when the report was released. The curators said then the report disregarded "the seriousness" of Click's "misconduct and reaches inconsistent and unsupported conclusions."