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UT Professors Say School's Computer System Outdated

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- University of Tennessee professors, frustrated by e-mail outages and Internet security concerns, are demanding improvements in the university's computer system.

The UT Faculty Senate passed a resolution citing a "lack of confidence in the management" of UT's information technology resources.

University officials said the matter is being addressed.

Experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory are completing a study of UT's interconnected five-campus IT system.

Another study in the spring put most of the blame for "operational problems" on management and the lack of a chief information officer.

Two years ago, UT inadvertently posted the names and Social Security numbers of some 1,900 students and employees on the Internet. Last year, a hacker broke into a UT computer containing names, addresses and Social Security numbers of about 36,000 past and present employees, but UT officials said they doubted the data was used.


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