Student identity verification for online classes

Accreditation standard 2.G.7 The institution maintains an effective identity verification process for students enrolled in distance education courses and programs to establish that the student enrolled in such a course or program is the same person whose achievements are evaluated and credentialed. The institution ensures that the identity verification process for distance education students protects student privacy and that students are informed, in writing at the time of enrollment, of current and projected charges associated with the identity verification process.

What’s required for compliance

One proctored/supervised exam or equivalent experience per course where students are required to present photo identification upon signing in for the proctored experience or test is required of each distance/online learning course. This system allows the instructor to know that the student mastering the material is the same student receiving credit for the course. Due to the associated costs, faculty should seek departmental approval before requiring more than one proctored exam per semester.