Administrators Folt and UNC have faced what to do with Silent Sam. The tension around the memory recently reached boiling point as part of a great national talk about the purpose and the need for confederal memories.
Silent Sam is the nickname of the statue of the Confederate soldier, which was built upon the request of the Confederate Daughters. He was dedicated in 1913 to recall the "sons of the university who died for their beloved Southland from 1861 to 1865," the website UNC says.
Months of discussions with faculty and students have prompted the Folt and the UNC Trustees Board to offer a $ 5.3 million new building to safely place Silent Sam, but this plan was rejected by the UNC Governing Board in December.
The board gave administrators until March 15 to develop a different recommendation.
In a letter to Falt, she stated that she authorized the removal of Silent Sam and the memory cards from the Confederation website.
"The presence of the rest of the campus on campus is a constant threat to both the personal security and well-being of our community and our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment," said Folt. "No one learns best when they feel dangerous."
Falt also said that the dispute between the memoir caused too many violations.
"Caroline's leadership should turn his full attention to helping our university achieve its vision and live its values," she said.
Leaders of the UNC Board of Trustees also spoke on Monday, saying they support the Folt decision to step down.
"She brought great energy and deep passion for innumerable initiatives that made Carolina stronger and ready to inspire future generations of students, teachers, staff and graduates," the statement said.
"We are incredibly disappointed with this intention," Smith said. "It does not have transparency, it undermines and offends the purpose of the Council to work with class and dignity, and we strive to ensure that the relevant stakeholders are always involved and that we always work in a healthy and professional way."
Smith said that the process and timing for determining the optimal solution for the future of Silent Sam "remain unchanged."
"The safety and security of the campus community and the general public attending the institution remains paramount," Smith said.
Time Falt at UNC
Falt, who arrived at UNC in 2013, arrived at the university in the midst of an academic scandal about student athletes that began in 2011.
"I decided that it was time for me to convey the leadership of our distinguished university, with all its impetus, to the next chancellor, and look forward to my own" new and next, "Folt said.
Chris Boyet, a member of CNN, contributed to this report.