ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina State University President George Cooper refused Friday to talk about his possible firing of high-ranking officials.

University pubic relations officers said Cooper would make a statement to the media about rumors that several of the school's high-ranking employees had been terminated.

But Cooper backtracked on that decision.

Anthony Holloman, the university's vice president of institutional advancement, handed a prepared statement to members of the media. Then he said neither he nor Cooper would answer questions.

In the statement, Cooper said several personnel changes were being made effective immediately, following an internal investigation. He also said the university does not publicly disclose information on personnel matters.

Holloman refused to answer questions about who was terminated, why they were let go and whether law enforcement officials are involved in the decisions.

Rumors were flying on campus and among alumni Friday about which high-level administrators were let go.

Students from the university's student newspaper, The Collegian, said there's a buzz on campus and on social media about possible firings. They had hoped to get answers to some questions, and were disappointed, but not surprised, they said, that the school did not release more information.

In his prepared statement, Cooper said there would be a full report in the future.