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Boise State implements free remote exam proctoring for duration of spring 2020 semester

After March 20 and for the duration of the spring 2020 semester, Boise State will not provide on-campus proctoring for academic tests or exams in the Testing Center, due to the fact that many out-of-state students are returning home and local students are not on campus.

As an alternative to live, local proctoring, the university is implementing the remote proctoring service Review+ at no additional cost to students. Review+ records test takers and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify any suspicious behavior during the test period. Flagged recordings trigger human review to ensure the integrity of the test-taking event. Review+ will be available beginning March 30, however, faculty are encouraged to submit exam requests now (see below).

Ultimately, it is up to faculty to determine the best assessment strategy for their courses, as well as appropriate safeguards against academic dishonesty. During this pandemic, instructors should be flexible with due dates, exam windows and exam settings (e.g., in Blackboard), as students may be traveling home, caring for others, working more hours or have suboptimal internet access. In lieu of scheduled exams, faculty should consider asynchronous projects, essays and other meaningful assessment activities. Those interested in alternative assessment options can contact the eCampus Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Learning Technology Solutions for assistance.

The Office of Information Technology Help Desk is serving as triage for any and all questions from students and faculty in regards to testing, teaching, learning and working remotely. The Help Desk can be contacted at (208) 426-4357 (HELP), helpdesk@boisestate.edu or https://support.boisestate.edu and will direct callers to the appropriate team.

Live, virtual proctoring through ProctorU is supported only for faculty who committed to using the service and received approval to collect the associated fee prior to the semester’s start. It is against federal guidelines (the Higher Education Opportunity Act) to use any identity verification service requiring students to pay a fee unless they have been notified at the time of enrollment.

For more information on Review+, see https://www.boisestate.edu/testing/testing-remotely/, fill out a request at https://support.boisestate.edu, or contact the Help Desk to begin this process. Please keep in mind that students will need a webcam and high-speed internet in order to use this service.