Verifying Student Identity in Online Courses Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team01-02-2014

Verifying the identity of the student accessing and participating in an online course is fundamental to the integrity of the course as well as the College. In addition, Stanly Community College’s (SCC) accrediting agencies require a consistent procedure to ensure student identity within the online course. SCC satisfies these standards with the use of a unique student user name and password.

Verifying Student Identity in Online Courses Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team01-02-2014

Each student, upon admission to SCC, is assigned a permanent student number and a unique user name.  The student number is generated when the student’s application information is entered into Datatel.  The Datatel student number is then used by local IT servers to generate a unique user ID that is placed into SCC’s active directory.  The user name uses a protocol that includes first initial of the first name plus the last name plus the last four digits of the Datatel student number.  For example:  jdoe1234.  This unique user name, coupled with a student managed password, is used in order to securely log in and gain access to the online course management system (Moodle) as well as the online student service registration and records portal (WebAdvisor).

In addition, faculty teaching online courses have the autonomy to utilize and/or incorporate components that would include but are not limited to the following:

  • On-site proctored tests on campus or at testing centers
  • Online test proctoring
  • On-site labs
  • Web conferencing (Elluminate, etc.)
  • Live chats