A student who enrolls in a DeSales University distance education (both online and hybrid) or correspondence education course is given a secure login and pass code. This method of verifying student identity protects the privacy of student information. The student is not charged a fee for this verification of student identity. Each user of DeSales University’s learning management system is responsible for maintaining his/her secure login and pass code, which may not be given to or shared with anyone else. To encourage academic integrity and protect students’ original work, DeSales University provides SafeAssign ™ plagiarism detection software and Respondus Lockdown Browser ™ for securing the online test environment. Faculty are responsible for ensuring that their courses are designed to employ assessment methods that support the academic integrity provided by this student identity verification policy.
The Office of the Provost is responsible for ensuring compliance with the DeSales Student Identity Verification policy in all the University’s credit-bearing courses. DeSales University is cognizant of new and emerging technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification. Software Secure’s Remote Proctor Now product is currently under investigation for high-stakes testing. An implementation decision will be made during academic year 2013- 2014. The Provost’s Office reviews the policy annually with the assistance of the Department of Distance Education and Instructional Technology (DEIT) and Department of Information Technology (IT) to ensure continuing compliance with the federal regulations and to revise the DeSales University policy as necessary.