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      Progress on test bank available

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

      After reading last week's Observer I had to decide whether or not the unfounded statements regarding the Academic Integrity Board even merited a response. The articles written ("University-wide test bank still in development" and "AIB should issue report on test bank progress") contain solely opinions; there is little accurate information contained within them, and what is true is distorted beyond recognition. For instance, the Academic Integrity Board is not, was not and will never be, anti-Greek. The front-page article takes an incredibly negative spin on the Greek influence in the development of the test bank. Greek test banks are only one of many methods for obtaining class materials on this campus; additionally, friends, DC++, family members, and other social organizations can, and do, supply materials from past classes. The test bank aims to make clear which of these materials are authorized and which are not. Nothing more.

      This inaccuracy, among others, could have been avoided had The Observer approached the board in an appropriate manner to obtain information about the test bank. In no way is the Academic Integrity Board trying to hide this information. Several students have followed up with the Board to see what the progress has been, and I, as well as others, have happily given responses to their questions. These students have been willing to communicate via e-mail, interviews, or phone conversations with a reasonable flexibility of schedule. The reporter who contacted us most recently was none of these things. Not only would she refuse to provide the questions she wanted answered until she was granted a face-to-face interview, but she also resorted to underhanded tactics to get the information from other board members when I would not comply with her tactics. The board stands as a united front and did not waver in the initial response given, which frustrated [the reporter], thus resulting in the libelous article printed in the April 3 issue of The Observer.

      Is there progress on the test bank? Yes. If approached in an appropriate manner, I would be more than happy to share the information with anyone who is interested.

      Ashley Berdine
      Chair, Academic Integrity Board
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