As required by federal regulation, Illinois State University must verify that the student who registers for a credit-bearing distance education course or program (see University Policy 4.1.21 Distance Education) is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives academic credit.
In verifying a student’s identity, the University may use processes and technical solutions to verify student identity, including but not limited to:
- in-person presentation and review of government-issued identification;
- remote video presentation and review of government-issued identification;
- multi-factor authentication solutions;
- remote proctoring solutions; and/or
- new or other technical solutions and practices that are effective in verifying student identification and have been reviewed and approved for use by the Information Security Office.
Personally identifiable information collected by the University may be used, at the discretion of the institution and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws, as the basis for identity verification.
All methods of verifying student identity in distance learning must protect the privacy of student information in accordance with applicable regulations, including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). If any fees associated with the verification of student identity will be charged to students, students must be notified of these charges in writing at the time of registration or enrollment.
Students are expected to comply with Policy 9.2 Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources and Systems while participating in university distance education courses and programs.