University of Arkansas' registration system _ ISIS _ to be renamed due to 'negative meanings'

Students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will no longer register for classes with ISIS — that is, the Integrated Student Information System.

Beginning in January, the computer system will be known as UAConnect. University spokesman Steve Voorhies says the name change was finalized well before last week's deadly attacks in Paris that have been attributed to the Islamic State group, sometimes known as ISIS.

Voorhies tells the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) that UAConnect is preferable because it actually describes the registration system, not to mention the current "negative meanings" associated with the acronym ISIS.

Voorhies says the university's top administrators, including interim Chancellor Dan Ferritor, agreed to the change. Ferritor says the new name has been in the works since before he became interim chancellor in August.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,