University of Iowa scrapping 'ISIS' computer system



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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is scrapping the online course registration system that students have used for years because of its name.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1NSIW4x ) that university officials have decided to retire the service widely known as ISIS — an acronym for Iowa Student Information Systems.

Steve Fleagle, the university's chief information officer, says students expressed concern about plugging the name "ISIS" into search engines and trying to find the university-owned website. ISIS is also used as shorthand for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an extremist group known for deadly attacks, kidnappings and torture.

Fleagle says the university will combine the services provided by its ISIS system with other online services to create a one-stop-shopping experience for students.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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