As tensions continue at the University of Missouri at Columbia, a popular professor resigned Wednesday, but the university says it has not accepted his resignation. Dale Brigham, a professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, resigned after he was widely criticized on social media for sending his students email messages saying that he would give an exam as scheduled, even as many students were worried for their safety amid reports of threats to the campus. “If you give in to bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose,” he said in his emails, according to press accounts.
Amid the criticism, Brigham turned in his resignation, which he confirmed in an email message to Inside Higher Ed. But he also indicated that the university had not responded to his resignation yet. Brigham told KOMU News, “I am just trying to do what I think is best for our students and the university as an institution. If my leaders think that my leaving would help, I am all for it. I made a mistake, and I do not want to cause further harm.” A spokesperson for the university said Wednesday evening that the resignation has not been accepted.