Nov 25, 2020  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policy on Online Student Verification

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.

Upon enrollment, all students at LIM College are provided with an LIM NetID for secure access to the College’s systems. These include 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 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

The Office of Academic Affairs, the IT Department and the Office of Instructional Technology are jointly responsible for ensuring compliance with this policy and for ensuring all necessary personnel 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 requires 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 examinations online may be required to use Respondus Monitor in conjunction with Blackboard to record the examination session, the environment in which the examination is taken, and to verify student identification. Respondus 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 on the College website at