Verification of Student Identity

All credit-bearing courses and programs offered through distance learning methods must verify that the student who registers for a distance education course is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives academic credit for doing so.

Students seeking enrollment in distance education courses will provide appropriate information to establish their identity. All methods of verifying student identity in distance learning must protect the privacy of student information in compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Personally identifiable information collected, such as a photo ID, may be used, at the discretion of the institution, as the basis for identity verification.

Each student establishes a unique username and password when creating a Student Portal to manage their student account online. The secure username and password are required to access both the Student Portal and the Learning Management System (LMS).

Should a student forget their unique information and not be able to reset access through the online password reset procedures, Student Services is responsible to verify student identity and reset access. Security questions using non-directory information are asked by Student Services to verify student identity when resetting student passwords or accessing student records for other purposes. There are no additional charges associated with verification of student identity.

Having a secure online learning environment is critical to verification of student identity. All users of the IIRP’s Student Portal and Learning Management System are responsible for maintaining the security of usernames, passwords, and other access credentials. An account is assigned to an individual for exclusive use by that individual. Attempting to discover another student’s password or gain unauthorized access to someone else’s Student Portal is prohibited. It is against the IIRP’s Academic Integrity policy for a student to give someone else their password or allow others to use their account, and doing so could lead to disciplinary action. Users are responsible for any and all activity on their account.

Faculty teaching courses through distance education methods have a role in identity verification insofar as they can be alert to changes in student behavior, such as sudden shifts in academic performance or changes in writing style or language used in discussion groups or email, that may indicate academic integrity issues. Faculty will routinely use a variety of assessment instruments whenever possible.