Chancellor Carol Folt and the UNC Board of Trustees members must formulate a plan for Silent Sam’s future by Nov. 15, according to a resolution passed by the UNC Board of Governors during a special session Tuesday.
The resolution, coming a little over a week since the forced toppling of Silent Sam by protesters at UNC, orders the BOT to develop and present a plan to the BOG for the Confederate monument’s “disposition and preservation” by the November deadline.
According to the resolution, the BOG expects a course of action that “protects public safety, preserves the monument and its history, and allows the University to focus on its core mission.”
The emergency meeting went into closed session for nearly two hours before the BOG adopted the resolution. Only one member, Joe Knott, was physically present at the meeting, with the other members present via phone and Skype.
Before the vote took place, BOG chairperson Harry L. Smith, Jr. requested the members’ backing of the resolution to give UNC plenty of time to create a solution.