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Higher Education Board Discusses Allegations Against Chancellor

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This afternoon the State Board of Higher Education meets to discuss allegations brought forward by a student representative against Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

A packet was put together outlining nine allegations against the Chancellor.

Today the board discusses those allegations to see if there was any wrong doing.

Chancellor Ham Shirvani has been the center of controversy. The latest allegations are raised by student representative Sydney Hull.

Hull says the Board has not allowed Public Comments at State Board Meetings.

North Dakota University System General Counsel, Claire Holloway disagrees.

"My finding is there is no legal requirement for a public comment period, however the board typically does provide comment periods at their meetings," NDUS General Counsel, Claire Holloway said.

There also was an allegation that the passage of the Pathways to Student Success Plan violated board policy.

"There was an allegation that the thought of a vote taking place should've been more clearly stated on the agenda, that is not a requirement of the open meeting laws," Holloway said.

Hull also alleged that policy changes dealing with the Pathways to Student Success Plan were not appropriately noticed in the agenda.

"However I reviewed the agendas and they did announce that the policy would be introduced and that final action on them would be taken, even if that would not have been in the agenda it would not have been an illegal violation," Holloway said.

Holloway says there was no substantive wrongdoing in any of the allegations brought forward, words Chancellor Ham Shirvani is happy to hear.

"I am relieved because you know these are nothing more than political distraction or general distractions," Chancellor Hamid Shirvani said.

Shirvani says they need to be focusing on increasing graduation rates, admission standards and making sure student fees are kept low.

"Those are the issues that we should be focusing on, not about these kinds of personal attacks and their political or personal humiliation," Shirvani said.

So with these allegations aside, Chancellor Shirvani is happy to get back to work.

The board did approve the report that there was no wrong doing in the allegations.

However, Holloway intends to follow up with the Attorney General's Office to make sure their guidelines concerning Open Meeting laws are clear.

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