SUI professors settle battle with state over online ethics test

Two Southern Illinois University professors have settled a lawsuit they filed after the state said they flunked a mandatory online ethics test because they finished too quickly, reports the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill. Marvin Zeman and Walter Wallis will both get credit for completing the test they took in 2006. The state Office of Inspector General had invalidated their test results, saying the two did not spend enough time on the material. State employees are required to take an annual ethics test that consists of reading material followed by a series of questions. There are 80 to 90 computer-screen pages of material to review. Zeman took the test two years ago and said he received a certificate showing he successfully completed the course. Shortly after that, though, he got another notice that the certificate had been nullified because he did not spend enough time on the test. Zeman said he was told he spent six minutes and 18 seconds on the course. "That’s the number they gave me. They said that was too fast," Zeman said. He wasn’t alone. More than 250 SIU employees in both Carbondale and Edwardsville were notified by the inspector general’s office that their test results were being invalidated. Deputy inspector general Gilbert Jimenez said people were flagged because "the time to completion was so short they could not get through 90 computer screens of material. I took 30 to 40 minutes to do it reasonably"…

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