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Published May 24, 2013, 08:35 AM

Board rejects report in ND chancellor dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has rejected an internal auditor's report that cleared University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of a fraud allegation.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Higher Education has rejected an internal auditor's report that cleared University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of a fraud allegation.

Shirvani calls all the debate about testimony he gave to a state legislative committee "theatrical nonsense about some simple presentation."

University System staffer Linda Porter earlier accused Shirvani of trying to make the student retention and graduation rates at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State look bad to lawmakers.

Shirvani disputes that. Auditor Bill Eggert's report concluded Shirvani didn't violate any policies or commit fraud, though he said the presentation could have been construed as misleading.

The Forum reports (http://bit.ly/11f9T9Q ) the higher ed board voted 6-2 Thursday to reject the audit, after Eggert's emails with Porter and several board members were called into question.

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