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      Test bank not issue of Greeks versus non-Greeks

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



      Frustration with The Observer and their perpetual inaccurate reporting compels me to write. Gillian Seaman's article "University-wide test bank still in development" and the editorial in last week's Observer are both laced with inaccurate assertions and misrepresentations of myself and the Academic Integrity Board.

      With selective reporting for the past two years, The Observer created the "Greek vs. non-Greek" fiction, and after the April 3 publication, I cannot continue to allow The Observer to badger the Greeks in the Academic Integrity Board's or my name.

      The misstatements began when Misia Yuhasz contacted the Academic Integrity Board on Oct. 15, 2007 about the AI Board's student survey. ("Academic Integrity Board seeks student input on ethical issues," Nov. 2, 2007.) Yuhasz specifically asked about complaints regarding Greek test banks.

      My answer to this single question has continuously shaped this issue to the exclusion of all my other remarks. Yuhasz and The Observer used my answer out of context, misreported the Academic Integrity Board's feelings, as well as the poll's intent, and fabricated an anti-Greek article.

      Seaman's recent article continues this inaccuracy by writing, "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 has never been the "main purpose" of the test bank nor has the Academic Integrity Board ever presented it as so. The board aimed to eliminate advantages by any person holding past materials. The Greeks are only one of many sources from which students obtain past materials, such as through friends, family members, and other organizations. However, The Observer continually focuses only on the Greeks, conjuring up a false division between the Greeks and non-Greeks.

      Also, I do not appreciate the insinuation that the Academic Integrity Board or myself is somehow hiding information from Case students. The facts about the test bank would have been readily available to you had you approached those involved in its creation in an appropriate manner.

      I appreciate The Observer and their role; however, by inaccurately portraying me and the Academic Integrity Board and perpetuating their own version of the truth, The Observer is doing our school a gross disservice, one which I hope this letter will rectify.



      Stephanie Ash

      Chair, Academic Integrity Board (2007-2008)
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