Mizzou suspends professor Melissa Click following assault charges

Mizzou suspends professor Melissa Click.
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The University of Missouri suspended assistant professor of communications Melissa Click on Thursday, days after she was charged with third-degree assault for calling for "some muscle" to help remove a student journalist covering the school's race-related protests in November. Mizzou's board gave no indication as to whether she will be paid during her suspension.

Click's comments, which quickly went viral, were recorded on the same day that the university system's president and chancellor resigned amid criticism that the school's administration was not adequately addressing a series of race-related incidents rooted in a history of systemic racism on campus.

Click has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, she faces up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.

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