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ND Attorney General Asked to Investigate NDSU President

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It's a letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem,  asking him to see whether or not NDSU failed to provide copies of public records.
A member of the Legislative Council  believes President Dean Bresciani deleted more than 45,000 emails from his inbox on April 29th, the day the Legislative Council requested to see copies of them.

"We received a number of emails from NDSU on May 23. We were informed later that there may have been a deletion of certain records, says John Bjornson, Legislative Council Attorney."

Some lawmakers are looking into Bresciani's possible role in the resignation of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

Now we reached out  to President Bresciani numerous times today and all we received was this a statement from the University saying President Bresciani didn't delete 45,000 emails on April 29th. It also states that the University will comply with any investigation.

"All of the presidents operate at the highest ethical standards," says Tim Flakoll, North Dakota State Senator.

State Senator Tim Flakoll believes people may be jumping to fast to a conclusion.

"If you look at the math, 45,000 emails and to look at each one for a second that would be 7,500 hours to go through all that," says Flakoll.

And believes this is just another attempt to try and point fingers as who is to blame for Dr. Shirvani's leaving.
 
"I think this is just another attempt to sensationalize. But it's not an eye for an eye. One person is responsible for leaving and that is Chancellor Shirvani," says Flakoll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Dakota Attorney General's office has confirmed that it received a request to have Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem investigate NDSU President Dean Bresciani for the felony offense of public records tampering.

A letter to Stenhejem says more than 45,000 emails were deleted from Bresciani's account after the Legislative Council made a request for them on April 29th. Some of the emails went back to 2010.

In a statement from NDSU's Assistant Vice President, Laura McDaniel states that President Bresciani did not delete 45,000 emails on April 29th and they a are looking into the matter.

It also says that they fully comply with open records requests and will cooperate with any investigation.

Some lawmakers are looking into Bresciani's possible role in the resignation of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. They believe Bresciani and other North Dakota college presidents were working to undermine the chancellor.

North Dakota law says it's a felony for a public official to "destroy, conceal or remove" a government record without lawful authority. It's punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

 

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