Update, 8:14 p.m.: The News & Observer has reported that the UNC-system Board of Governors will hire an outside firm to look into the University and police response to demonstrators' toppling of Silent Sam on Monday night.
"I expect a full investigation of the incident and why law enforcement stood down, as well as the discovery of the perpetrators of the felonious destruction of property and their prosecution," said Thom Goolsby, a member of the Board of Governors and former N.C. Senator, in a statement to The Daily Tar Heel.
"The monument should be repaired and reinstalled," Goolsby said. "I fully expect any and all lawfully erected historical monuments to remain standing as per state law. If, in the future, it is the will of the North Carolina people to change the law, I will abide by the will of the people, even though I would disagree. This is what it means to live under the Rule of Law, not the rule of the mob."
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Randy Young as the director of campus safety. Young is a member of UNC's media relations team working with UNC Police and Transportation and Parking. The story has been updated, and The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
After releasing a short statement Monday night following the Silent Sam protest where the Confederate monument was forcibly removed by demonstrators, UNC has released an updated statement.
"We have asked the (State Bureau of Investigations) to assist the police to fully investigate the incident, and they have agreed," the statement reads. "We do not support lawlessness, and we will use the full breadth of state and University processes to hold those responsible accountable for their actions."
Tuesday afternoon, activists gathered around the pedestal. Although they denied any involvement in the actual toppling of the statue, UNC graduate students and activists Lindsay Ayling and Samee Siddiqui expressed solidarity for those who pulled Silent Sam down.
"It's up to the administration to decide if they want to prosecute students for doing what they were afraid to do for over a year," Ayling said. "I would discourage the administration from pressing charges against students."
An arrest record from UNC Police confirms that one male was arrested on Monday night for resisting arrest and wearing a mask or hood on public property. Both charges are misdemeanors.