Ole Miss faculty votes to remove state flag

*University of Mississippi campus police officers lowered the state flag in a ceremony Monday morning because it includes the Confederate battle flag — a symbol of slavery.

Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks ordered the flag lowered and said it will rest in peace at the university’s archives.

The action came days after the student senate, the faculty senate and other groups adopted a student-led resolution calling for removal of the banner from campus.

“As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” Stocks said in a statement Monday. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision. I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued.”

In removing the flag, the University of Mississippi campus becomes the fourth public university in the state to do so, joining Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University.