Filed under General University Policies

Legal Basis for Identity Verification

Based on the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, and in compliance with DEAC standards, ABTU has processes in place through which we establish that the student who registers in a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit.
ABTU meets this requirement through the following methods:

(1)    Verify the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using at least one of the following options in all Distance Education courses or programs —

(i)        A secure login and pass code:
Every enrolled student will be given a secure login and password, which will change annually.

(ii)       Class Discussions:
Enrolled students are required to respond to class discussion prompts which are announced during live lectures.

(iii)      Proctored Examinations:
Students in degree programs at ABTU are required to take six tests in each course and a specific number of proctored exams throughout their program. A qualified proctor, which must be approved by ABTU, must verify the identity of the student taking the exam by requiring them to show their photo ID and a clear view of their face through live streaming video for comparison.

(iv)      Copies of Driver license or government issued photo IDs are verified and kept on file for comparison with live streaming video of the student during proctored exams.

(v)       Implement new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification in accordance with federal and state regulations; and

(2)    Make every possible attempt to protect student privacy

How identity is verified:
Verifying the identity of students in our courses and programs is a significant, multifaceted, and ongoing process.  Identity verification begins when a student applies for admission to the university and continues through his/her graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from study.
Procedures related to student identity verification include but are not limited to: our registration, advising and transcript procedures, and our course management system login and security functions wherein we create a unique username and password for each individual student.  This unique set of login credentials consists of data which the student is likely to know, and which others are unlikely to know.  The student is forced to use these credentials to access our course management system and reset their password to one which is entirely confidential.  Data transmission of login information is secured using appropriate encryption technology.

Privacy of personally identifiable information:
Personally identifiable information collected by the college may be used, at the discretion of the college, as the basis for identity verification.  For instance, a student requesting that their learning system password be reset may be asked to provide two or more pieces of information for comparison with data in our records, such as his/her date of birth and the last four digits of his/her Social Security Number, or other similar information as determined by staff members in the performance of their duties.  However, with the exception of established “Directory Information,” no such data will be disclosed without the consent of the student.  Please see the University Catalog, Privacy Policy, for more information.

The student is responsible for maintaining current contact information such as email address(es) and phone number(s) in the student account because the email address or phone number along with the student ID are used as primary means of identification for communication purposes.

The student is responsible for safeguarding email account login information and student password. ABTU shall not be responsible for the misuse of password by any person.


Updated on 10/14/2019 by Ramsey Atieh

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