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Published August 09, 2010, 09:05 AM

NDSU changes internal audit office

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State is redefining the mission of its internal audit office in the wake of controversy over spending, the campus president said Monday.

The NDSU office previously known as Audit and Advisory Services has been renamed the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit, President Dean Bresciani said. There will be additional emphasis on a campus culture of "ethical behavior and good stewardship" of public and private money, he said.

The move comes in the wake of a state audit that found circumventions of state policy relating to building projects on campus. The new president's house at NDSU went more than $1.5 million over budget and cost three school officials their jobs.

"At NDSU, all employees, students and affiliated entities are responsible for ethical behavior, and making decisions as good stewards for the state of North Dakota," Bresciani said. "This reorganization helps us improve the system by which honest people do their jobs. The university has changed rapidly in the past several years, and we can see that processes need to be updated."

Eric Miller, the university's internal auditor since June 2009, will continue to be the sole employee in the office.