GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — People with ties to the University of North Dakota are voting this week on a new school nickname.

Online voting is Monday through midnight Friday. Those eligible are UND students, faculty and staff; school alumni and retirees; donors; and athletic event season ticket holders.

UND has been without a nickname the last three years after the state Board of Higher Education retired the controversial Fighting Sioux moniker that the NCAA deemed offensive. A committee last summer finalized five nickname options: Roughriders, North Stars, Fighting Hawks, Nodaks and Sundogs.

UND expects to announce results next week. If any of the proposed nicknames receives more than 50 percent of the votes, it becomes the new moniker. If that doesn’t happen, a runoff vote will be held between the two top vote-getters.

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