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The Latest: UNC statue meeting goes into closed session

December 14, 2018

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a meeting by a North Carolina statewide university board to consider the fate of a toppled Confederate statue (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

The board that oversees North Carolina’s statewide university system has gone into closed session as it considers what to do with a statue toppled by protesters.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors made it through most of its public agenda of unrelated items before closing to the public at the meeting Friday.

Outgoing university system president Margaret Spellings said at the beginning of the meeting that dealing with the statue known as “Silent Sam” was a serious issue and that campus safety was a foremost concern. Little indication was given of what they were discussing behind closed doors, but university leaders were scheduled to address the news media afterward.

The statewide board is considering a proposal by leaders of the flagship Chapel Hill campus to build a $5 million structure to house the “Silent Sam” statue.

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9 a.m.

The board overseeing North Carolina’s public universities is meeting to decide the fate of a Confederate statue toppled by protesters at the state’s flagship campus.

The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors was meeting Friday to discuss a proposal to build a $5 million building to house the “Silent Sam” statue at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was torn down during a demonstration earlier this year.

The board started the day with unrelated committee meetings and was expected to discuss a plan for the statue later in the morning. The proposal for a new building came earlier this month from trustees at the Chapel Hill campus.

Several dozen protesters gathered outside of Friday’s meeting, watched by a heavy police presence. Some protesters held signs with messages including “No Racist Statues.”

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