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Federal Requirement 4.8

Federal Requirement 4.8

Federal Requirement 4.8

4.8.1  demonstrates that the student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit by verifying the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as (a) a secure login and pass code, (b) proctored examinations, or (c) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.


_X_ Compliance                     ___ Non-Compliance

Security
McNeese State University provides a login name and password for every enrolled student to access online services. These secure services include, but are not limited to, email (Zimbra), learning management systems (Moodle & BlackBoard), and institutional student information system (Sungard Banner).
 
The University provides unified access to its services via an online campus portal. Portal access is encrypted using either Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) with certificates from GlobalSign. SSL/TLS certificates:
 
  • Ensure the identity of the server being used
  • Provide assurance to students that University Web sites are trusted
 
Student logins are encrypted with a minimum of 128-bit encryption.

Proctored Examinations
McNeese State University provides proctoring for any student who takes an exam at an off-campus location (1). The identity of the student taking the exam is verified by the proctor. If the exam is not administered through Moodle or BlackBoard, the proctor will collect test material and submit it to the instructor.

Students may also elect to use ProctorU. This is a fee-based online service for which a Webcam is required. In these instances, ProctorU verifies student identity.

Student Identity Verification
McNeese State University uses several measures to ensure the security of a student's login information.
 
Students must pass several challenges in order to change account information. These challenges include:
 
  • Human Interactive Proof (HIP) process where students must select specific answers to a posed question
  • Verification of personal information known only to the student
  • Response to questions previously setup by the student
 
To date, this layered approach to verifying student identity has proven to be effective.


4.8.2 has a written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses or programs.

_X_ Compliance                     ___ Non-Compliance

McNeese State University abides by all guidelines set forth by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Distance and correspondence courses create records of student activity and, therefore, are subject to all FERPA regulations.
 
Information regarding FERPA is available on the University Web site (2, 3, 4). Additional, course-based privacy considerations and requirements are outlined in the Online Course Policy (1).


4.8.3  has a written procedure distributed at the time of registration or enrollment that notifies students of any projected additional student charges associated with verification of student identity.

_X_ Compliance                     ___ Non-Compliance
 
No mandatory fees are assessed with verification of student identity. Should students elect to utilize Web-based proctored services (see 4.8.1), they may be required to incur fees; however, the University does not require the use of such services.


Supporting Documents
1. Online Course Policy
2. Policies, FERPA
3. Class Schedule, General Information
4. Office of the Registrar