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    LIM College
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policy on Online Student Verification


Adopted August 9, 2016


LIM College has a process in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit, primarily through the use of secure login and password.

At enrollment all students at LIM College are provided an LIM NetID for secure access to the College systems, including for Blackboard online course management system for distance education, MYLIM Portal, LIM College Student Information System (SONIS), CITRIX LIM Desktop and LIM College email.   Students are assigned a password when their account is first established.  Before a student can access any information on the LIM College systems, the student must be authenticated by the College’s identity management system using his/her username (LIM NetID) and password.   In addition to changing their password when initially activating their account, the identity management system requires that students answer five personal questions to be used in the event they need to change their password or reclaim their LIM NetID.    Instructions for password reset can be found at http://www.limcollege.edu/life-at-lim/student-resources/tech-resources/lim-netid.

The Office of Academic Affairs, the IT Department and the Office of Instructional Technology are jointly responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy and to ensure deans, department chairs, and program coordinators are informed of any changes in the policy in a timely fashion.  Transmission of login information is secured using standard encryption technology. Students are given information each semester by the IT Department regarding best practices related to setting up and maintaining the security of their passwords.

At this time there are no additional fees associated with student verification.  In the event any verification fee is needed, it will be posted in the course registration site (SONIS) to provide an advance alert to students.

Student Responsibility

The Academic Integrity policy specifically prohibits all forms of cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty. Specifically, the policy prohibits “having or providing unauthorized outside help when completing online tests and assignments.”   

All users of the College’s systems are responsible for maintaining the security of usernames, passwords, and any other access credentials assigned to them. This information may not be shared or given to anyone other than the person to whom they were assigned. Users are responsible for any and all use of their account. LIM College recommends that all users change their password when necessary to maintain security. Users are held responsible for knowledge of the information contained within the most recent LIM College catalog. Failure to read and comply with College guidelines, requirements, and regulations will not exempt users from responsibility. 

Students taking exams online may be required to use RESPONDUS MONITOR in conjunction with Blackboard to record the exam session, the environment in which the exam is taken and to verify student identification.  RESPONSDUS MONITOR requires the use of a webcam for identity verification during exams.

LIM College complies fully with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This protects the privacy of student information including in distance education.  The full policy can be found http://www.limcollege.edu/sites/default/files/content/Student%20Records%20Policy%20and%20FERPA_1.pdf

 

Former Policy (Prior to August 9, 2016)

The United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315 requires LIM College to put processes in place to establish that any student who registers in an online course is the same student who participates in and completes the course and receives the academic credit.

LIM College fulfills this requirement by restricting student access to online courses through the College portals, which require secure logins and passwords. 

Identity Verification                           

The verification of a student’s identity begins at the time of initial course registration. When a student initially registers, a unique login and password are created that provide access to the secure College system - Citrix LIM Desktop and LIM College email. Students are also provided with a unique login and password for the LIM College Student Information System (SONIS) and Blackboard online course management system. This information is provided to the student at registration. If students are unable to attend registration in-person, this information is mailed to them. Data transmission of login information is secured using standard encryption technology. Students are given information each semester by the IT Department regarding best practices related to setting up and maintaining the security of their passwords.

Students taking exams online use Respondus Monitor in conjunction with Blackboard to record the exam session, the environment in which the exam is taken, and to verify student identification.

Student Responsibility

The Academic Integrity Policy  policy specifically prohibits all forms of cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty. Specifically, the policy prohibits “having or providing unauthorized outside help when completing online tests and assignments.”   

Students are responsible for maintaining the security of usernames, passwords, and any other access credentials assigned to them. This information may not be shared or given to anyone other than the person to whom they were assigned. Users are responsible for any and all use of their account. LIM College recommends that all users change their password when necessary to maintain security. Users are held responsible for knowledge of the information contained within the most recent LIM College catalog. Failure to read and comply with College guidelines, requirements and regulations will not exempt users from responsibility.

Student enrolled in online classes are required to use a webcam that is compatible with LIM College’s online learning management system for identity verification during exams.