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Ole Miss students rally in support of Dan Jones

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OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Thousands of students, faculty, and Ole Miss alumni packed the campus to demand Chancellor Dan Jones stay on as head of the university.

Many of them chanted, "We stand with Dan."

Faculty members at Ole Miss sent out a memo late Tuesday night, declaring their support for Jones to keep his job as the university's chancellor.

Click here to read the full memo.

Jones is set to lose his job after board members from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning voted not to renew his contract.

It is a decision that sent shockwaves around Mississippi and among students like Kathryn James.

“The ultimate goal is for Dan Jones to continue to serve this university and this state, but I think if nothing else we need these decisions to be more transparent,” James said.

Jones is known for tackling controversial issues that have plagued the campus like race relations and sexual orientation.

Student Kevin Brown says Ole Miss has come a long way with some of Jones' changes.

“Coming here I got a lot of criticism because of me being African American, but I feel comfortable here at the university,” Brown said.

Students took selfies with their signs and messages to share on social media. Thousands showed up Wednesday after organizers used Facebook, Twitter, and word of mouth to advertise.

“People immediately jumped on social media saying that it wasn't fair, that it wasn't right,” said student Elizabeth Romary.

The state board cited management problems at the University Medical Center as the reason not to keep Jones – but hospital leaders have disputed the claims.

Students say Jones should be judged on improvements in education, funding, and enrollment.

“We think that impact outweighs some financial irregularities at University Medical Center and we do hope that all those facts do come to light because we recognize the need for accountability in higher education,” said Phillip Waller.

Rumors began buzzing on social media Wednesday about the IHL board reconsidering its decision.

A spokesperson could only say late Wednesday that so far there have been no scheduled meetings.

It is possible that could change, but would require advanced notice to the public.

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