FARGO — A North Dakota State University custodian will serve probation for going through a student’s and her roommate’s belongings while she was lying in her dormitory bed.

Fuad Islamovic, born in 1970, entered an Alford plea Monday, July 20, in Cass County District Court to a Class B misdemeanor of harassment. He initially faced five years in prison after being charged in December with a Class C felony.

The charge was downgraded, and Judge Steven Marquart sentenced Islamovic to 360 days of unsupervised probation.

The case stems from a Nov. 7 incident at NDSU’s Thompson Hall, according to a criminal complaint. Islamovic knocked on the door to the suite foyer, an area connected to several dorm rooms, court documents said.

After cleaning, Islamovic entered the dorm room where the student was lying in bed, the complaint said. He then rummaged through desks in the room, according to court documents. Nothing was taken.

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Islamovic was placed on administrative leave shortly after the alleged incident.

"The safety and security of our students is one of our top priorities," NDSU spokeswoman Brynn Rawlings said. "We take it very seriously."

An Alford plea means Islamovic doesn’t admit guilt, but he understands he likely would be convicted if the case went to trial.