Update 4:50 p.m.: Folt said the University will reconsider off-campus options in the relocation of Silent Sam in a conference call with reporters.
"As we work with the Board of Governors, our work will involve more fully exploring off-campus options as put forward in the initial report," Folt said. "This was the stated and strong preference that the Board of Trustees and I made in our proposal for the plan because we learned from our analyses that relocating off campus, for example to the North Carolina Museum of History, was the best way to ensure the safety and security of our people and campus and was more feasible and cost-effective."
Folt acknowledged that the BOT's plan, which involved moving the monument to a new single-purpose educational center on South Campus, "hasn't satisfied anyone." During the BOG's meeting, demonstrators protesting the return of Silent Sam to campus waited outside.