Missouri Professor Resigns After Telling Students Not to Let 'Bullies' Win
Nov 12 2015
The suspension of Janna Basler, director of the Columbia campus's Greek Life, came as a Missouri professor, Dale Brigham, announced he had offered his resignation after facing backlash for calling on his students to show up for a class in the midst of concerns about racially-motivated threats on campus this week. A screenshot of Brigham's email, in which he said he would not postpone the test, circulated via social media.
"If you don't feel safe coming to class, then don't come to class. I will be there, and there will be an exam administered in our class. If you give into bullies, they win".
Bradley Harrison Smith, a graduate instructor in the Mizzou English department, wrote a letter to his students on Tuesday announcing that he would not hold class as scheduled.
Dr. Dale Brigham, considered one of the most beloved professors at the University of Missouri, has been forced to resign after initially refusing to cancel an exam for students who claimed to feel "unsafe". The only way bullies are deflated is by standing up to them.
Brigham, who has taught at MU since 1997, apologized in another email on Wednesday afternoon. She had already decided she wouldn't take the exam the next morning. Yet, MU police have increased security, they're confident that the campus remains safe, and the administration has not placed the school on lockdown or sent anybody home. Brigham couldn't be reached Wednesday but confirmed to the Washington Post that he wrote it.
"It is an honor to have been your professor. Good Luck and Godspeed, Tigers!" said the email.
"(The statement) made it sound like he would no longer be our professor", said MU sophomore Cara Passi. "Also, I am resigning my position", the emails said.
Brigham became a part of the fray when his response to students regarding the non-cancelled exam went viral on social media.