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Audit: University president spent $40K in policy violation

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-04 17:21:19-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A state audit has found that Northern Arizona University paid more than $40,000 in travel expenses for President Rita Cheng and her husband that did not comply with university policies.

The Arizona Republic reported that the audit found Cheng spent more than $30,000 on business- and first-class airplane tickets to Russia last year.

The audit says the university did not follow travel policies established by the Arizona Board of Regents or the university.

University officials say they believed they were following all policies and were unaware they were not properly documenting expenses.

The audit recommended improving review and documentation procedures.