SAN FRANCISCO — An investigation ordered by the University of California regents finds that officials in the UC president’s office improperly interfered in a state audit.

The investigation conducted by former state Supreme Court justice Carlos Moreno finds that officials instructed UC campuses not to “air dirty laundry” to the state auditor and misled the regents about why they did it.

The investigation is set to be released on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that investigators found evidence that two top advisers to UC President Janet Napolitano directed the interference and oversaw changes to confidential survey answers from three campuses.

The audit was highly critical of Napolitano’s office, finding it had failed to disclose $175 million in reserve funds, paid its staff generously and had relied on weak budget practices.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,