ALPINE, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Sul Ross State University President Pete Gallego is responding to calls for the name of the university to be changed.

Gallego said he was made aware of conversations and discussions happening on campus about changing the name of Sul Ross State University. It is named after Confederate General Lawrence Sullivan Ross.

Calls for the name change have amplified in recent months however, Gallego notes that the school cannot change the name as the power to do so falls on the legislature.

“While I appreciate the fact that Sul Ross means different things to different people it is important to keep in mind that this university was named by the Texas Legislature; and, therefore, only the Legislature can change the university’s name,” Gallego said in a statement Monday.

The President also reiterated that students, staff, employees, and community members have the right to assemble and engage in free speech on the campus. Gallego also praised the “respectful, police and inclusive,” nature of the conversations that have taken place at Sul Ross State University thus far.