Target: Provost of University of Missouri Garnett S. Stokes
Goal: Demand the reinstatement of a former professor after an unfair and politically charged termination.
Melissa Click was involved in a race-related student protest last year. The students gathered to protest the overt racism at the University of Missouri. She was later fired because her conduct did not “meet expectations for a faculty member.” Click feels that the university is siding with the 100 state lawmakers, mostly Republican, who called for her removal instead of focusing on the matter at hand: racism in Missouri University. She also feels that the governing board is using her as a scapegoat to distract from larger campus issues.
The school did not follow its normal on-campus procedures for reacting to faculty misconduct. They instead voted for her suspension and then later her termination. Click and her supporters feel that the administrators overstepped their authority and violated her right to due process. They also question the university’s conditions for academic freedom and whether tenure at the institution is sound. The protest that Click participated in was spurred by administrators’ indifference to racial issues on campus. Sign the petition below to demand the immediate reinstatement of Melissa Click.
Dear Provost Stokes,
Melissa Click’s termination was unfair. The school failed to follow normal procedures for faculty misconduct and instead voted for her suspension and subsequent termination. Instead of disciplining Click, the curators have chosen to punish her for seemingly political reasons. It is widely believed that Click is simply a scapegoat to draw heightened attention away from the issue of racism in the University of Missouri at the suggestion of the 100 lawmakers that called for her termination.
The protests that Click participated in should be focused on rather than ignored. These protests have already lead to a student hunger strike. Even members of the football team refuse to play in games if racial issues are not addressed in the university. Many black students feel like they cannot go to the administrators if they are attacked or discriminated against due to their race. Click’s termination violates her right to due process and I demand that she be reinstated once again.
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