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University of Arizona President Calls for Independent Probe of Medical Schools

TUCSON, Ariz. ― The president of the University of Arizona has called for an independent investigation into allegations of misuse of public funds by its two medical schools.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that President Ann Weaver Hart released a statement on Monday calling for the independent third-party investigation with no university or Arizona Board of Regents employees involved.

In a statement, Hart said she was caught unaware by Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein’s comments at the beginning of a regents meeting Friday in Tucson. Klein talked about allegations of both misuse of public funds and the questionable accuracy of public documents at the meeting. The university has medical schools in Tucson and Phoenix.

Hart had originally told the regents that the university was hiring a third party to check the general feeling at the health-sciences colleges and to do interviews with the high-profile College of Medicine Phoenix leaders who left.

The statement comes after the Arizona Medical Association has requested an investigation by the state Board of Regents following the resignation of leaders at the school.

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