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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

University of Iowa has been facing controversy lately over the name of one of their web programs used by students.

The website, which students regularly use to check their school email and schedule classes, is often referred to as ISIS -- an abbreviation of Iowa Student Information System.

"Obviously it like, comes up in conversation 'cause it is the same name as a terrorist group, which is, I mean, it's not a good thing to have," University of Iowa student Brandon Flynn said.

Still, many students don't think the name is an issue.

"It as absolutely nothing to do with it. It's just a coincidence that our acronym ended up the same as theirs," Student Mitchell Spenler said.

Some students even find it humorous.

"My classmates tend to think of it as really hilarious between the differences," said student Maggie Baker.

While many students say the website name doesn't offend them, they can understand why the university would want to make the change.

"I feel like it's just an abbreviation that people can maybe stray away from and just call it by it's normal name," another student. Aubrey Clay, said.

Many students did say they've seen and heard the program referred to as Iowa Student Information System lately.

The school says they are in the process of compiling cost estimates to change the program's name, and will make their decision whether to keep the current name or change it.

But most students feel indifferent about it.

"There were rumors going around that they were gonna change the name," Flynn said. "but I don't know if that's actually gonna happen or not. It doesn't offend me at all."

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