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Forum staff reports, Published February 10 2013

NDSU Student Senate cancels meeting, will vote on chancellor buyout resolution next Sunday

FARGO – Bad weather prompted the North Dakota State University student senate to cancel Sunday’s meeting at which it planned to take a stance on a lawmaker’s amendment that would provide funding to buy out the remaining contract of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani seven months into the job.

The resolution, which will take a formal stance on the amendment proposed by Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, will now be introduced during the student senate meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Great Plains Ballroom of the NDSU Memorial Union.

Grindberg has not yet introduced the amendment to Senate Bill 2003. The amendment would include money in the higher education funding bill to buy out Shirvani’s remaining three-year contract.

The North Dakota Student Association wants input from student governments at the state’s 11 public campuses before adopting a formal stance on the amendment during its Feb. 22-23 meeting at Bismarck State College.

Because of that timeline, the NDSU student senate plans to suspend parliamentary procedure and hold both the first and second readings of the resolution Feb. 17 and vote on it at that time, according to a news release from NDSU Student Government.