The United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires colleges and universities to have processes in place to ensure that the student registered for a credit-bearing course(s) is the student participating in the course(s), completing the course(s), and receiving academic credit for the course(s). To ensure compliance with the HEOA, RIT has adopted the following Student Identity Verification in Distance Learning policy.
The student completion of the Student Identity Verification Checklist or
Verifying each student's identity through means outlined in the policy or
Making a reasonable attempt to verify each student's identity according to the policy
The Student Identity Verification Checklist
The Student Identity Verification Checklist (SIVC) goes above the minimum standard of a secure RIT log-in and asks a student to affirm who they say they are. The student will affirm four straight forward statements which will confirm their identity, they have read and understand the Computer Conduct Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, and the course syllabus. As the instructor, this will provide you with the student's confirmation if an issue comes up in class. The SIVC will be a non-graded quiz to be completed during the first week of class.
Embedding the SIVC
To embed the SIVC within Week 1, please follow the instructions below:
If you are concerned with students completing the SIVC, options for increasing completion rates include:
Set up individual content modules, assignments, or quizzes in myCourses to be locked to students until they complete the SIVC quiz. This is known as a release condition in myCourses. We recommend setting up a conditional release on the first week of content or the first week’s assignment or quiz.
Assign a point value to SIVC completion (if you choose this option, it should be reflected in the syllabus).
You may find that not every student may complete the SIVC or you may be looking for other opportunities to provide an engaging online learning environment. The following methods have been outlined within the updated policy to verify identity, but are also great ways to provide a greater personal connection within the online classroom: