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COLUMBIA, MO (AP) – A suspended University of Missouri assistant professor says she wants to keep her job and has been working with a public relations firm to repair her image after becoming nationally known for her run-ins with student journalists during protests at the university.

In a confrontation caught on video last November, Melissa Click called for “some muscle” to remove a student videographer from the protest area on the Columbia campus.

Click was charged with misdemeanor assault, but a Columbia prosecutor says he’ll drop the charge if she completes community service.

Click has given several interviews recently and has been working with Status Labs, an online reputation management firm.

She told The Columbia Missourian she wants to stay at Missouri and that she deserves to be treated fairly.

Statement from University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley

“Last night, like many in our community, I watched newly released footage of Dr. Melissa Click directing a verbal assault against members of the Columbia Police Department during the homecoming parade in October 2015.  Her conduct and behavior are appalling, and I am not only disappointed, I am angry, that a member of our faculty acted this way. Her actions caught on camera last October, are just another example of a pattern of misconduct by Dr. Click—most notably, her assault on one of our students while seeking  ‘muscle’ during a highly volatile situation on Carnahan Quadrangle in November. We must have high expectations of members of our community, and I will address these new revelations with the Board of Curators as they work to complete their own review of the matter.”

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com