University of Missouri Department of Student Life Director Mark Lucas issued a statement today saying Janna Basler, the Director of Greek Life at the university, has been placed on administrative leave. Lucas said an investigation is underway regarding her recent actions.
In an earlier statement, Lucas said:
“The University of Missouri Department of Student Life and the Office of Greek Life are saddened to see the efforts of our students being overshadowed during this critical time for our community. MU is committed to the First Amendment, free speech, academic freedom, and the robust exchange of ideas and knowledge. MU is also committed to its principles of non-discrimination and its four core values — Respect, Responsibility, Discovery & Excellence. We take seriously our responsibility to model positive behavior for the students we serve.”
On Monday, Basler told student photographer Tim Tai to “back off” during campus protests. Tai photographed some of those demonstrators calling for the resignation of University President Tim Wolfe. Wolfe received criticism for his response to anti-black and Jewish incidents on campus.