The Latest: University of Missouri professor suspended

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The Latest on turmoil at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus:

9:20 p.m.

The University of Missouri’s governor board says it’s suspended an assistant professor accused of assault stemming from a campus run-in with student journalists during protests in November.

Pam Henrickson, chair of the University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators, said in a statement after a special board meeting Wednesday night that Melissa Click is suspended “pending further investigation.”

The board called for its general counsel to conduct an investigation so the board can determine whether additional discipline “is appropriate.”

Click had a confrontation with a student photographer and a student videographer on Nov. 9 during protests at the Columbia campus over what some saw as university leadership’s indifference to racial issues. Click called for “some muscle” to help remove the videographer from the protest area on the Columbia campus.

Click has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

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3:30 p.m.

The interim chancellor of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus rocked by racial protests in November calls that publicized chapter “painful” but says the school’s push toward more inclusivity is a priority.

Less than three months after taking the campus’ helm, Hank Foley said Wednesday during his “State of the University” speech that addressing race matters at the school “is the right thing to do.”

Foley took over after R Bowen Loftin resigned Nov. 9, along with the system’s president, Tim Wolfe, in the wake of racial unrest on the campus. Foley on Wednesday called those departures “astonishing” but insisted the university would move ahead.

That included a student’s hunger strike and members of the school’s football team pledging to boycott the rest of their season until Wolfe was ousted.