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Published June 24, 2013, 04:29 PM

NDSU president is under investigation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It seems the drama surrounding the departure of former NDSU Chancellor Hamid Shirvani is far from over.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It seems the drama surrounding the departure of former NDSU Chancellor Hamid Shirvani is far from over.

Now, NDSU President Dean Bresciani may have broken a law, if he violated an open records request from the State's Legislative Council.

At this point it's a matter of he said, she said. Did the President delete 45,000 some e-mails from his work account all in the span of one day.

The issue dates back April, when the Legislative Council. On behalf of an unnamed legislator requested emails from the Higher Education Officials.

The request resulted in about 900 pages of emails from Bresciani's account.

It was then the Council asked the North Dakota University System to look into whether any e-mails were deleted.

It confirmed more than 45,000 emails were deleted the same day the state made the open records request.

University Spokeswoman, Laura McDaniel declined to comment on camera, but in a statement said, "President Bresciani did not delete 45,000 emails on April 29. We are looking into the matter.”

Media Attorney Jack McDonald says some of the information is vague.

Jack McDonald- Media Attorney: “Then it appears the deletion may have been on or before April 29th. It may have not been on that day but two weeks prior to that day sometime in the two weeks prior to that day.”

North Dakota's open records law states that an electronic copy of a record must be provided upon request.

A public official found guilty of destroying public records could be charged with a felony. The state's Attorney General is looking into the matter.

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