The University of Mississippi took down the Mississippi state flag on Monday following a campus-wide outcry to remove it because it includes a small Confederate Battle Flag in the top left corner.

Ole Miss Police Department officers lowered the banner during a morning ceremony at the university's Lyceum Circle. It will be kept in the University Archives.

"The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others," said Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks in a statement. "Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag."

More than 200 people attended an Oct. 16 campus rally against the flag. On Oct. 20, the Student Senate voted 33-15-1 to take the banner down. The Faculty Senate, the Graduate Student Council and the Staff Council soon joined in.

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