SACSCOC Requirements that pertain to Distance Education Proctoring
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ Board of Trustees adopted a policy statement in June 2010, entitled Distance and Correspondence Education. This policy includes the following statement:
“At the time of review by the Commission, the institution must demonstrate that the student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit by verifying the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as (1) a secure login and pass code (2) proctored examinations, and (3) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.”
To facilitate compliance with this new policy, the College has implemented the Proctoring Procedure along with the associated Proctoring Process and the Online Proctor Approval and Scheduling Request application.
Proctoring Requirements as they affect Students
In order to comply with accreditation requirements for the validation of student identity for all online courses, all students enrolled in online courses are required to have at least one proctored event (a major exam or assignment). There are four methods for completing the required proctored event. These methods, listed in order of preference are:
Students who live within reasonable commute distance (50 miles) of one of our campus locations:
- are encouraged to contact their instructor to schedule a time with that instructor to come on campus to complete their proctored event; or
- may submit a Proctor Scheduling Request to schedule an appointment.
Students who live outside of reasonable commute distance (more than 50 miles) from one of our campus locations:
- are encouraged to submit a Proctor Scheduling Request to schedule their event at any of our pre-approved proctoring partner facilities; or
- as a last resort in situations where a student has no access to a pre-approved proctoring partner facility, they may submit a Proctor Approval to complete their event in a proctored setting at an alternative location according to the steps outlined in the Proctor Process.
Remember: All proctor approval and scheduling requests MUST be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the date that the event is to be held in order to allow sufficient time for arrangements to be made and all parties properly notified. All official communication related to these requests will be conducted via approved email (for students, this is your college-provided Student Email account).
To access your Proctoring Requirements and submit Proctoring Requests, log into the Student Portal, and click on the Proctoring icon
If for any reason you are unable to submit your request using the application link above, please contact the Distance Education department for assistance using the phone numbers or email address located below.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Distance Education department at 229-227-2680 or 229-225-4326 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.