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Published September 19, 2012, 03:01 PM

North Dakota chancellor tells college told not to house foreign workers

BISMARCK — The chancellor of North Dakota's university system has ordered Williston State College to stop housing foreign workers.

BISMARCK — The chancellor of North Dakota's university system has ordered Williston State College to stop housing foreign workers.

Businesses have been relying on the foreign exchange students to fill fast-food and other jobs in the oil boom town.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, university system chancellor Hamid Shirvani says housing foreign workers at the college “raises legitimate safety and security concerns.” He says it's a misuse of the school's facilities.

College President Ray Nadolny says the contract with Maryland-based United Work and Travel to house the workers ends this month.

Nadolny says the college housed about 200 workers annually. The workers were foreign college students who came to the U.S. under an international cultural exchange program.

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