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      Coverage of AIB was slanted

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Opinion
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      To the Editor:

      The Observer has recently addressed the issue of the Academic Integrity Board's proposed test bank, through both an editorial and a news story. I am amused by the editorial's calls for the board to be more accountable to its constituency - not because this is a poor idea, but because those who call for it have demonstrated their own lack of research, integrity, and honesty. Allow me to explain.

      As a former chair of the board, I left the organization shortly before the idea of the test bank was originated. I have followed the development of the test bank and remained in contact with board members since my graduation in 2007, occasionally offering advice or support as I am able. I have personally witnessed the lengths to which Stephanie Ash, the immediate past chair of the board, has gone to ensure that the test bank issue is not construed as an issue of Greeks versus non-Greeks. She has repeatedly provided me evidence showing how she has communicated this issue to The Observer, and yet somehow each article that is published regarding the test bank portrays the Academic Integrity Board as attempting to vilify the Greek system - or to show the existence of old tests as solely an issue faced by Greek students.

      For instance, the article states, "One of the main reasons given for the development of the test bank was the supposed advantage Greek organizations had over non-Greeks due to their access to individual test banks." This statement is not simply false; it is blatantly misleading and paints the Academic Integrity Board in an extremely poor light. I am certain that Ash is more than willing to provide evidence to the contrary to anyone who is interested.

      I cannot help but wonder why The Observer continues to slant their coverage of the Academic Integrity Board's test bank to portray it as being about equality between Greek and non-Greek students. The test bank is about equality among all students, and holding professors accountable to issuing new tests rather than recycling the same material from year to year. I will not address the other points raised by the editorial, except to offer one final comment: when you seek to hold others accountable, you would do well to ensure you can meet your own standard.

      Thomas A. Rehman
      Chair, Academic Integrity Board (2006-2007)
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