Audit creating a trust issue with NDSU studentsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More troubling news for NDSU. As we first told you at 6, a new audit report shows the university spent tens of thousand of dollars from 2008 to 2009 on unused hotel rooms, premium tickets for motivational speaking events, and several other questionable uses of public funds.
NDSU President Dean Bresciani says the report is disappointing. For some students, it's creating a trust issue.
When it comes to penny pinching, college students can be pros, especially when NDSU's tuition has steadily increased. The last two years it's gone up 7 percent.
Jon Brink/student: “Just always goes higher. It’s ridiculous.”
Jessica Pachl/student: “Overwhelming, but financial aid helps.”
When they don't see that from their leaders, it can be frustrating.
Crystal Lopez/student: “It's just striking. Why are they spending money on that when they're not using it, like hotel rooms?”
Student Body President Kevin Black says students deserve to know if their school is not spending money wisely.
Kevin Smith/Student body President: “Whether you are a student, tax payer, or employee, it's important to think about the decision making process and be deliberate about that and ask questions when things like this come up.”
Black says his role as a member of the president's cabinet, something a student has never had before is helping keep the lines of communication open.
Kevin: “Build a relationship so we can have honest and open communication. I'm confident in that relationship that we'll be able to address these issues.”
Part of Bresciani's plan to create a more transparent administration is to make sure students have a clearer view of what they're leaders do in the future. Bresciani says an investigation found none of the spending was done with bad intentions.