The state flag is no longer flying on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, school spokesman Van Arnold confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Both the state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem in its upper left corner, and the university’s flag were taken down. The American flag is now flying atop the three poles on the school’s campus.
USM president Rodney Bennett made the decision Wednesday morning to take the flags down, according to Arnold.
USM is set to release a statement this afternoon explaining the decision.