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College, student at odds over tests on Web site

By Associated Press
Published April 17, 2005

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A University of Wyoming student who tried to sell copies of old tests over the Internet, then gave them away, has been ordered by the school to remove the material from his Web site.

Aaron Narva also was charged with violating university regulations; a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. Narva said he set up the site as a clearinghouse for study materials, offering old tests, quizzes, study guides and student notes.

Narva removed the materials from the site after university attorney Susan Weidel sent him a letter saying the university would "consider taking appropriate legal action" unless he did so.

Narva said that old tests have helped him focus on what professors were looking for and that he thought students would appreciate a central repository for such material.

"The Athletics Department has tests that they let their students study from. Fraternities and sororities have them," Narva said. "The reason I set this up was so it would be easier to find all of that. I don't know if you've ever seen a fraternity filing cabinet, but it's not always easy to find things."

Narva said he had removed some material from his site earlier after being contacted by professors, but university spokesman Jay Fromkin said at least one professor complained that Narva failed to do that.

Fromkin said the university got involved at the request of several faculty members.

Dane Ciolino, who teaches copyright law at Loyola University in New Orleans, said Narva took "an age-old tradition of keeping test banks and posting it online, and that makes new issues arise."

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