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Authentication and Proctoring

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)(Public Law 110-315), Federal Requirement 34 CFR §602.17(g), and Higher Learning Comission Policy Number FDCR.A.10.050, institutions offering distance or correspondence education must have processes to establish that the student who registers in such courses is the same student who participates in and receives academic credit. Arkansas State University offers online courses, which fall under the definition of distance education.

Practices for Verification of Student Identity

The following institutional practices are identified by the HEOA/HLC as acceptable for verifying student identity:

  • A secure login and password
  • Proctored examinations
  • New or other technologies and practices


Certain programs require proctored exams in online courses. For more information about proctoring requirements, please contact the instructor of the courses or the department or program.