Updated 1:02 a.m.: UNC Media Relations provided the following statement at 12:58 a.m. on Tuesday.
"Due to public safety concerns, the University is currently removing the base and plaques of the Confederate Monument for storage in a secure location. We ask people to avoid the area at this time. We will have no further comment tonight."
Updated 8:05 p.m.: The UNC-System Board of Governors was not aware of Chancellor Folt's decision to resign prior to her announcement, according to a statement released by the BOG.
"We are incredibly disappointed at this intentional action. It lacks transparency and it undermines and insults the Board’s goal to operate with class and dignity," the statement said. "We strive to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are always involved and that we are always working in a healthy and professional manner."
The statement said the Board developed a plan for determining Silent Sam's future in December, and that this still stands.
Updated 6:13 p.m.: The UNC Board of Trustees released a statement in support of Folt's decision to remove the base of the Confederate monument Silent Sam from campus, and accepted her decision to step down as chancellor.
"The chancellor has ultimate authority over campus public safety, and we agree Chancellor Folt is acting properly to preserve campus security," the BOT statement said. "Nothing is more important than keeping our campus community and visitors as safe as possible."