OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - University of Mississippi administrators are working to get final approval to move a Confederate monument to another location on campus.
The monument currently sits on University Circle, but student and faculty governmental groups have recommended it be moved to the Confederate cemetery near Tad Smith Coliseum.
Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks discussed the matter in a letter he sent Thursday afternoon to students, faculty and staff.
“The shared governance process has demonstrated that our campus constituents are in alignment, and we agree that the monument should be relocated to a more suitable location.”
Sparks said the university has submitted a notice of intent to the Department of Archives and History. However, he said the process to secure the necessary approvals for the relocation will require some time.
“This is an important decision for our university. The monument, its meaning, and its location have been a point of discussion and debate for many years. Thank you for the thoughtful and diligent consideration of this matter and your recommendations.”