Report: NDSU media guidelines plan didn't violate policy

Report: NDSU media guidelines plan didn't violate policy

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 3:12 p.m. ET

FARGO, N.D. (AP) An outside investigator says North Dakota State University president Dean Bresciani did not violate state Board of Higher Education policy with the way he handled a plan on media guidelines for athletics.

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott called for the investigation after Bresciani scrapped the guidelines involving restrictions on live broadcasting, internet streaming and social media posts following criticism by journalists and others.

Bresciani said he wasn't consulted on the rules, and that his news release rescinding them included an apology from NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen.

Attorney Kathy Perkins said in her report released Monday that Bresciani told the truth about his lack of prior knowledge. Perkins added that Bresciani could have limited the controversy had he ''communicated more fully'' with Hagerott.


The board's audit committee will review the report.