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Ole Miss talks next steps after controversial social media post

Ole Miss says there is a thorough and thoughtful process when it comes to making any name changes to an academic unit such as a building.

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018 4:26 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Ole Miss says there is a thorough and thoughtful process when it comes to making any name changes to an academic unit such as a building or school.

This comes after a controversial social media post made earlier this week by university donor Ed Meek. Meek is the namesake of the university’s Meek School of Journalism.

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Since then, many have called for his name be removed from the school.

However, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter says there are thoughtful steps that must first be made.

  1. The faculty committee of the academic unit must approve a recommendation to make a name change.
  2. If that faculty group recommends a change, the matter must be taken up by the Undergraduate and Graduate councils. These councils have faculty from across the entire university and one voting student representative on each council.
  3. The actions of the councils are then considered by the Council of Academic Administrators, which is chaired by the provost. Its voting members include all deans, the Faculty Senate chair, faculty representatives, the three vice chancellors within Academic Affairs, the ASB president, and the Graduate Student Council president.
  4. If the Council of Academic Administrators recommends a change, the matter is referred to the Chancellor, who would decide whether to make a request to the IHL Board for consideration and a final vote.

“We will follow this approach to consider any name change,” he stated.

Vitter also mentioned a long-term step to address any concerns about the university and community climate.

This includes the expedited acquisition of additional feedback and consideration of new actions and strategies

“This initiative will be led by Katrina Caldwell, vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement, and informed by input from students, faculty, staff and alumni,” he continued.

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