An independent review by consultants found no unethical conduct or improper influence on Auburn University's board of trustees, including those with financial or business dealings with Montgomery banker Robert Lowder.
The report by two lawyers and a consultant hired by the university has been released by Auburn officials -- just after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools removed the school from academic probation this week.
Tuskegee civil rights lawyer Fred Gray and president pro tem of the University of Alabama trustees, John McMahon, wrote a joint report after conducting separate examinations of trustees' ties.
Their findings were reviewed by a third consultant, William A. Weary of Washington, DC. Weary says he found Auburn trustees’ conduct "consistent with national expectations and practice."