N.C. State Professor Used Grant Money for Beach Vacations, Auditor Says

A report released by North Carolina’s top auditor accuses a North Carolina State University professor of taking two personal trips to coastal resorts under the guise of doing research. He claimed that he did not keep records of the research, which is a violation of university policy. The professor declined to comment on the audit.

The state auditor recommends that the professor be forced to repay grant funds used for travel, and that the College of Natural Resources make sure its employees comply with a requirement that research documentation is retained for three years.

The university has responded by emphasizing policies on research documentation retention to professors and has promised to “ensure that the funds used for travel to the Outer Banks in 2011 are fully reimbursed to the grant.”

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