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The Latest: UNC board working on Confederate statue plan

August 28, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on meetings by North Carolina university leaders to discuss toppling of a Confederate statue (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

The board that oversees North Carolina’s public universities has asked the University of North Carolina’s campus at Chapel Hill to come up with a plan for preserving a Confederate monument torn down by protesters.

The resolution approved Tuesday by the Board of Governors does not indicate whether university leaders favor returning the statue to its former location, or putting it elsewhere.

The resolution simply asks the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chancellor and trustees to present them with a plan for the monument’s “disposition and preservation” by Nov. 15.

A week ago, protesters used ropes to pull down the statue known as “Silent Sam” during a demonstration attended by hundreds.

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9:30 a.m.

The trustees of North Carolina’s flagship university have begun a private meeting to discuss the aftermath of a protest that resulted in the toppling of a century-old Confederate statue on campus.

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt addressed her trustee board publicly on Tuesday before they went into closed session. She says the statue known as “Silent Sam” has been divisive but tearing it down wasn’t the solution.

An agenda for the meeting says the trustees will receive a briefing on the criminal investigation, future public safety plans and legal options for the statue, which is now in temporary storage. The board of governors that oversees the statewide university system is having a special legal briefing later in the morning.

A week ago, protesters used ropes to pull down the statue during a demonstration attended by hundreds.

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1:45 a.m.

The boards that govern North Carolina’s flagship university are holding special meetings a week after protesters tore down a century-old Confederate statue on campus.

The University of North Carolina declined to confirm the purpose of the specially convened meetings Tuesday, a week after the fall of the statue known as “Silent Sam.”

The UNC system’s Board of Governors is receiving a legal briefing, according to a public agenda that doesn’t offer further details.

Trustees of the main Chapel Hill campus are also meeting separately. Both boards are planning to hold at least part of their meetings in sessions closed to the public, according to meeting notices.

A UNC spokeswoman declined to provide further information.

A week ago, protesters used ropes to pull down the statue during a protest attended by hundreds.

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