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Former University System Lawyer Alleges Cover-Ups And Intimidation In Filing

Former University System Lawyer Alleges Cover-Ups And Intimidation In Filing

Currently North Dakota lawmakers are debating legislation which would move control of the North Dakota University System’s lawyers from the university system to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office (a bill to similarly move the NDUS auditors to the State Auditor’s Office has already passed). Lawmakers may want to consider some recent events as they make

North Dakota University System Still Fighting Due Process Rights For Students

The next time you hear a North Dakota University System official talking about how students are their priority, think about how hard the university system worked to oppose legal protections for students in campus proceedings. SB2150 is a bill giving North Dakota university students facing serious accusations some due process rights. It was inspired by

Lawmaker Says University Officials Mislead Committee About Opposition To Bill

Yesterday the State Board of Higher Education discussed SB2150 for the first time. That legislation would allow students to involve their legal counsel in campus proceedings against them, something they are currently prohibited from doing. So far North Dakota University System officials have testified in opposition for the bill, saying that banning  student representation from

University System Won't Investigate Disparaging Comments About Auditor's Age

Yesterday the State Board of Higher Education met, and in addition to selecting Terry Hjelmstad to serve as their new president, they finally dealt with their auditor problem which dates back to before Thanksgiving. In early November NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson was notified by Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen that he was being placed

ND University System Wants Due Process Rights They Won't Give Students

Even as officials in the North Dakota University System are trying to fight off a bipartisan bill giving students access to a lawyer in campus proceedings against them, they’re complaining about an open records law which they say doesn’t afford them due process rights. You can’t make this stuff up. Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee

NDUS Vice Chancellor Accused Of Manipulating Hiring Process For Auditor

Back in November I reported that two of the North Dakota University System’s top accountability personnel – Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen – had been placed on administrative leave pending termination. Carlson was accused of being less than truthful on his resume, and Franzen was accused of (among other things) tipping

University System Will Only Evaluate Presidents If It's Kept A Secret

Last month I wrote a post about a proposal for legislation being pushed by North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen and the State Board of Higher Education which would exempt university president evaluations from open records requests. Today a couple of Forum Communications reporters picked up on the story, reporting from the organizational session

Higher Ed Staff Say They Have "Fear Of Retaliation" For Correcting Illegal Practices

As two top accountability officers in the North Dakota University System say they’re being pushed out of their jobs for promoting new transparency standards a survey (see below) of university system employees shows many of them feel bullied and intimidated. The survey was administered by the Core Technology Services/System Office Staff Senate, and university system employees were

University System Removes Termination For Auditor, Compliance Officer From Agenda

Last night the North Dakota University System filed an updated agenda for the November 20th (tomorrow) meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. On the original agenda (I wish I’d kept a copy) was a line item to address the terminations of NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Chief Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen. If

University System Fired Compliance Officer In Part Because Of Supposed Leak To SAB

Last week I wrote about the North Dakota University System pushing to fire two of their top accountability officers. Chief Auditor Tim Carlson and Chief Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen have both put on leave pending termination with university system officials claiming that Carlson’s resume contained inaccuracies while Franzen wasn’t doing her job. Today I obtained

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