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Published July 26, 2012, 07:10 PM

NDSU officials speak on audit released

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- NDSU officials are commenting for the first time, on the audit released earlier this week, saying the university misused some student fees.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- NDSU officials are commenting for the first time on the audit released earlier this week, saying the university misused some student fees.

NDSU Provost Dr. J. Bruce Rafert says the school is a good steward of state funds, and that the issue is in the definitions pertaining to the use of fees.

NDSU was complying with State Board of Higher Education requirements, but the state auditor's office flagged some expenses as inappropriate use of fees.

Rafert says to fully understand some of those expenses requires more background information than the audit report contained.

For example, the $11,000 plane ticket to India back in 2007 was not first class, but was a multi-city recruiting trip.

Dr. J. Bruce Rafert - NDSU Provost: "I think that's a metaphor for many of the other items, that close look at the details and there's a lot of information that we had the opportunity to present that even was not in the report."

Rafert also said some of the items in the audit were dated and changes had already been made, but they're working with the Board of Higher Education to come up with better definitions relating to fees.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani says many of the concerns will be addressed by a change to the tuition model that would eliminate many of the separate program fees.

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