Guidelines for the Authentication of Students in Online Courses

Last revised: 06/21/2018 by jap.


The purpose of this article is to guide the University community in meeting its responsibility for student authentication in online courses. These guidelines are designed to meet NEASC accreditation standard 4.48 and Federal requirements under Sec.  602.17(g)of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 


The University will implement procedures to verify that the student who registers in an online course is the same student who participates in and completes the course and receives academic credit.


  1. Registration and Secure NetID and Log In
    • Students registering for courses use a student information system and access is managed through UConn’s centralized NetID authentication process. This requires students to establish their identity by providing unique personal identifiers and contact information.
    • The learning management system in which all online courses are hosted authenticates student user accounts and passwords through NetID access.
    • At least one additional student authentication method will be used in all online courses.
  2.  Additional Authentication Methods
    Faculty and academic programs will choose the appropriate means of authentication based on the unique needs and affordances of their curriculum, students, faculty, and administrative support. UConn’s eCampus will provide guidance, training, and support for faculty as they implement these methods in their courses. The additional method(s) of student authentication must be clearly stated on the course syllabus and may include the following:

      • In-person proctored exams with photo ID check
      • Remote online proctored exams using ProctorU (includes ID check and identity verification through questions drawn from publically available data)
      • Field or clinical experiences using an approved photo ID
      • Synchronous or asynchronous video activities using an approved photo ID
      • Other technologies or procedures specified by faculty in their course syllabus and approved by departments/programs (eg. Remote In-Person Proctoring for Online Courses)

Each instructor in charge of a course is expected to assume responsibility for proctoring examinations, including final examination (From UConn Exam Procedures

NOTE: UConn requires no additional fees for the authentication methods listed above. If an individual faculty member requires face-to-face proctoring at an off-campus site, any potential or associated fees will be stated in the course syllabus and should be noted by faculty of record in UConn’s SudentAdmin course registration system to alert students to these costs prior to registration.

*Approved photo identifications are: passports, government issued identification, driver’s licenses, military ID from DoD.

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