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Published March 14, 2013, 04:05 PM

Attorney says North Dakota chancellor, board did not break laws

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The attorney for the North Dakota university system says the state Board of Higher Education and the system chancellor did not break open meetings laws.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The attorney for the North Dakota university system says the state Board of Higher Education and the system chancellor did not break open meetings laws.

Claire Holloway told the board during a special meeting Thursday that her investigation found "no substantive evidence of willful wrongdoing" by Chancellor Ham Shirvani or the board.

Holloway was asked to look into possible open meetings violations and other policy issues after some of the allegations were raised by Sydney Hull, the board's student member.

Holloway says many of the allegations were "factually incorrect." She says she does not believe Shirvani has changed or adopted board policy on his own.

Shirvani has been under fire for his management practices. The state Senate voted recently to set aside money to buy out the chancellor's contract.

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