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UND addressing audit concerns

No major red flags were raised by a state audit report that was presented to the State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee at a meeting Wednesday.

The audit report cited policy shortfalls at several universities, many of which involved improper internal control of documentation and finances.

The state’s College and University Audit Manager John Grettum said there aren’t any immediate consequences for UND or any North Dakota University System schools for ignoring recommendations in the report.

UND was cited for inaccurately reporting enrollment, not monitoring certain student payments thoroughly enough and inaccurately establishing student residency.

UND agreed with the majority of the report’s findings and has taken action to fix most of the problems.

The report will be presented to the full SBHE at their next meeting and Grettum said the board tracks whether schools act on the report’s findings.

Ultimately, the Legislature would be informed if schools do not adhere to the recommendations. It’s up to the Legislature to take any disciplinary action, and Grettum said that doesn’t always happen.

“It’s on them to make the changes we recommended,” he said.