Statement on Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson Statues Relocation

The following is a statement from university spokesman Gary Susswein:

The University of Texas at Austin will not be relocating the statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson on Saturday, Aug. 15, as initially planned.

In response to a request for a temporary restraining order that was filed in state district court Friday afternoon, the university has agreed to wait to move the statues until a court has a chance to review this matter next week.

Universities have the discretion under state law to relocate statues on their campuses. President Fenves' decision to move the Jefferson Davis statue to UT's Briscoe Center for American History is both the right course forward and consistent with the law. We are confident we will move ahead with these plans.

Update at 5:49 p.m. due to several media calls:

No temporary restraining order has been issued. The university has agreed to wait to move the statues until a hearing can be held on the request.

Update on Aug. 18, 2015:

The hearing has now been confirmed for 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Travis County courthouse.