Tenure is not only used for academic freedom, but also for recruitment purposes to gain better professors at MU.
Universities can be removed from the censure list through proving their commitment to academic freedom.
The Board of Curators violated due process standards when firing Melissa Click, according to the report.
From a fired professor to a leaked confidential letter, MU ended up in some bizarre situations this year.
AAUP announced its intention to investigate Melissa Click’s firing shortly following her termination.
Melissa Click: “I do appreciate the seriousness of this situation. I can, however, maintain that appreciation while expecting the University of Missouri to treat me fairly… and comply with the terms of the Rules and Regulations that govern my employment."
Sen. Kurt Schaefer: “The University of Missouri has a very 1950s-style model of governance. That makes them sluggish and unresponsive.”
Click’s research topics have been called into question by lawmakers since her involvement in protests last fall.
An investigation by AAUP committees may result in MU being added to a censure list, warning potential faculty of academic and tenure freedom breaches.
In the absence of members of the MU community taking action, the Board of Curators felt it needed to do its own investigation, communication department Chairman Mitchell McKinney said.
After the UM System Board of Curators’ decision to fire the professor, faculty members have questioned their own ability to stand up for students.
Five students express their various views on the proposed funding cuts and Melissa Click’s actions.
Melissa Click: “Those videotaped moments (for which I have formally and publicly apologized) deserve to be understood in a wider frame of reference, among all of the momentous events of the fall semester.”
Department Chairman Mitchell McKinney: “I haven’t gotten any specific feedback following the decision of the Board of Curators last week. But the students in the class understand that the class is continuing.”
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley: “It’s been a learning experience for me.”
Many faculty have questioned his support of Click’s firing by the UM System Board of Curators.
Faculty Council Chairman Ben Trachtenberg: “Regardless of one’s position or opinion on professor Click’s behavior fitness for duty, she was entitled by the rules — rules that the Board of Curators approved — to a fair process. That she did not receive.”
Interim Chancellor Hank Foley: “Her actions in October and November are those that directly violate the core values of our university.”
Proposed reductions would include cuts to salaries of Melissa Click, her department chair and the College of Arts and Science dean.
The Joint Committee of the Missouri Legislature met today to discuss MU funding, Click employment.