While NDSU Football Players Face Charges, Still No Charges In Diploma Mill Scandal

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Just to add another layer of hypocrisy on top of the mess that is North Dakota’s university system, consider that as eight NDSU Bison football players face charges (rightfully) over tens of thousands of fraudulent petition signatures, there isn’t a single charge against anyone in the higher education system for the hundreds of phony diplomas handed out at Dickinson State University.

When I called around to the various state law enforcement agencies I was able to confirm with officials that there aren’t even any state-level investigations on-going.

Don’t get me wrong, what the NDSU players did was really bad, and North Dakotans should be ashamed of the way NDSU officials are handling it. But at least these players are going to go to court and will more than likely be convicted for their crimes as they should be.

At Dickinson State University officials knowingly brought hundreds foreign students into the country, gave them doctored grades to justify unearned diplomas (and visas issued under false pretenses), and nobody is on the hook for it. In fact, some of the central figures in the scandal have been allowed to quietly resign their positions and move on, sometimes with benefits and pensions intact.

How’s that for a travesty? Whatever else you want to say about the NDSU scandal and the horrible way officials there are handling it, at least there’s been an investigation. At least there’s going to be justice handed out in a court of law.

Not so at Dickinson State, and our “leaders” up to and including Governor Jack Dalrymple are silent about it. Heck, the media is silent about it too.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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