Timeline of recent events at University of Missouri

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Posted: Nov 11, 2015 2:13 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Complaints about the handling of racial and other concerns led to this week's resignation of University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe and the top administrator of the Columbia campus, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. A timeline of key events:

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AUG. 14: The university announces the elimination of subsidies that help pay health insurance costs for graduate students employed by the school.

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AUG. 26: Graduate students stage a walkout and rally, in part to oppose the health care cut.

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SEPT. 12: Missouri Student Association President Payton Head posts on Facebook that young people in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs at him. It's the first of many racial incidents on the Columbia campus this fall. Sit-ins, walkouts and other protests follow, fueled by concern that administrators are not addressing the tension.

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SEPT. 16: The university and Planned Parenthood announce the end of their 26-year relationship after state lawmakers start investigating abortions performed at the university clinics.

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SEPT. 24: A "Racism Lives Here" rally takes place on campus.

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SEPT. 29: An estimated 1,000 protesters turn out for a rally in support of Planned Parenthood.

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OCT. 5: A drunk man yells racial slurs at members of the Legion of Black Collegians. Loftin, on Twitter and in a video message, expresses anger at the slurs.

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OCT. 6: Students and faculty stage a sit-in against racism and administrative inaction.

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OCT. 8: The university announces that freshmen will be required to undergo diversity training beginning in January, and the program will eventually be expanded to include all students, faculty and staff.

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OCT. 10: A group of demonstrators seeking Wolfe's attention interrupt the homecoming parade. Police threaten them with pepper spray, and Wolfe declines to get out of his car to speak with them. Many consider that proof of his unwillingness to hear their concerns. He later apologizes, but the damage is done.

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OCT. 11: A third "Racism Lives Here" rally is broken up by university police and cut short.

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OCT. 14: Loftin tells faculty members that the university changed course and will be able to cover health insurance payments for graduate assistants for the foreseeable future.

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OCT. 20: The group Concerned Student 1950 (the name refers to the first year blacks were admitted at the school) issues a list of demands that includes Wolfe's removal.

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OCT. 21: The university announces new contracts with Planned Parenthood.

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OCT. 24: A swastika is drawn with feces in a dorm bathroom, the second anti-Semitic incident in a residence hall this year.

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OCT. 27: Members of Concerned Student 1950 meet with Wolfe, without resolution.

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NOV. 2: Graduate student Jonathan Butler begins a hunger strike, vowing not to eat until he dies or Wolfe is removed. Wolfe issues a statement the following day expressing concern about Butler and saying he was willing to discuss ways to affect change.

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NOV. 4: The English Department votes 26-0 to show no confidence in Loftin's leadership.

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NOV. 5: Students, faculty and staff stage a walkout in support of Butler's hunger strike.

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NOV. 6: Wolfe, in a statement, apologizes for the homecoming parade incident and again expresses concern about Butler.

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NOV. 7: Black football players announce they will not practice or play football until Wolfe is gone. Within hours, the rest of the team joins in the boycott.

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NOV. 8: The remainder of the football team joins in the boycott, threatening cancellation of the Nov. 14 game against Brigham Young University. A tweet from coach Gary Pinkel includes a photo of nearly 100 players and coaches and reads, in part, "The Mizzou Family stands as one." Wolfe releases a statement saying he will not resign.

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NOV. 9: A tumultuous day begins with an emergency meeting of the system's governing board and Wolfe resigns. Butler immediately ends his hunger strike. Loftin soon resigns as chancellor, saying he will direct the development of research facilities.

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NOV. 10: The university appoints an interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity, a new position. The university said it also plans to review all policies related to staff and student conduct; to provide more support to victims of discrimination; and to work toward employing a more diverse faculty and staff.