Exam Security for Semester-Based Courses
Many courses require secured exams.
There are many options available for securing exams and the specific method used may vary based on the course/instructor. Please check the course Blackboard site and/or course syllabus for specific exam information or contact your course instructor if you are not sure which method of exam security will be used.
All students are expected to abide by the academic integrity guidelines as outlined in the UND Code of Student Life.
See our FAQ section for answers to frequently asked questions.
ProctorU Auto with Review
Most courses that use ProctorU will now use the Auto with Review or Review+ proctoring option. In this proctoring method, a live proctor is not present. Instead, the student will go through an automated identity verification process and will then be recorded while completing the exam. The exam recording will later be reviewed by a professional ProctorU proctor.
Get Started with ProctorU Auto with Review:
Take your exam when it’s convenient for you
ProctorU is experiencing an extremely high volume of testing as a result of COVID-19. Please schedule your exam appointment as soon as possible. Wait times may be longer than normal (up to 45-minutes to connect to a proctor).
ProctorU Live+ is a live online proctoring service that allows students to take exams from anywhere using a webcam and Internet connection, while being supervised by a remote ProctorU proctor. Review your course syllabus or Blackboard site for more information. Please note: Additional equipment is required when taking PDF (written) exams.
Get Started with ProctorU Live+
Test your Equipment and connect with a live technician. This may take 25-30 minutes.
Schedule your Exam as early as possible. If you do not see your exam listed, contact your course instructor.
Sign into ProctorU when it is time for your appointment. Exam will be accessed through Blackboard.
For assistance, please contact ProctorU at 1-855-772-8678 or visit the ProctorU Help Center.
Proctored Exam Guidelines
- Students must take the exam in a private, well-lit room. There should be no one else in the room when taking the exam.
- The area where students will be taking the exam should be clear of any papers, notes, books, calendars, personal items (phone, purse, photos) and other unpermitted resources.
- Students will not be allowed to take the exam with books, notes, or reference aids of any kind unless specified in the exam instructions.
- ProctorU will verify the identity of the student (with a photo ID such as a driver’s license) before the exam is started.
- ProctorU will enter the password to allow access to the Blackboard exam. Students should not have access to the exam password.
- Students are not allowed to open any browsers or computer files during an online exam, unless specified in the exam as a permitted resource.
- Students may not print, copy, or retain the exam.
- ProctorU will troubleshoot exam problems that arise during the exam.
For full exam guidelines, read the ProctorU Exam Readiness Guide.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, the computer is locked into the exam until it is submitted for grading. Compatible with Mac and Windows.
YuJa Exam Proctoring allows the student to record video/audio and their computer screen while completing an exam. The recording is securely allocated to a centralized instructor folder which will avoid distribution of the exam recording by the student.
YuJa Proctoring with Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser can be used in addition to YuJa Proctoring for an extra layer of exam security.
UND Proctor Portal
Some courses may allow use of in-person proctors or testing centers for proctored exams. Proctors are individuals who agree to supervise examinations and meet the criteria set forth by the University of North Dakota. Proctors have the responsibility of facilitating fairness and integrity during testing situations.
For courses that allow in-person proctoring, students will designate their proctor or testing center using the UND Proctor Portal. Students must first receive permission from an individual before designating him or her as their proctor.
After designating a proctor, the proctor must accept the proctor role. Prior to the exam, students should confirm that the proctor has accepted the role and schedule an exam appointment with the proctor. Prior to the exam, the proctor will log into the UND Proctoring Portal to access exam details and exam passwords. Proctors will only need to be designated once per course. To change a proctor, a student must designate a new proctor within the proctoring portal.
Please note that students are responsible to pay for any fees that in-person proctors or testing centers may charge for their services.
Please note that the College of Engineering and Mines has a specific proctoring policy. Please see your course syllabus to review that proctor policy.
Proctors may be:
- Testing Centers
- School or Public Librarian
- K-12 Teachers or College/University Professors - with a verified school email address
- Educational Administrators (principal/superintendent) - with a verified school email address
- Adult Learning Centers
- Guidance Counselors
- Commanding Officers, Military Education Officers or Embassy Education Officers (for current military students and spouses)
Proctors may NOT be:
- Teaching Assistants
- Human Resources Representative
- Direct Supervisors
- Direct Reports/Employees
- Colleagues at Same Level
- Athletic or Assistant Coaches
- Personal Tutors
- All exams will be accessed online. A computer with internet access must be available at the testing site where the exam is proctored. Wireless internet connections are not recommended. Web browser and operating system requirements can be found at Technology Requirements page. The web browser must be configured to accept cookies.
- Proctors must verify the identity of the student (with a photo ID such as a driver's license) and read all of the exam instructions to the student before he or she begins the exam.
- Proctors must closely monitor the student until he or she is finished with the exam and ensure the student does not leave the room, except for an emergency.
- To access online exam details (including the exam password), the proctor will log in to the UND Proctoring Web Portal and will be required to verify that he or she is accepting proctor responsibilities. Proctors will not give the student the password for online exams. The student will navigate to the exam in Blackboard and the proctor will enter the exam password when prompted.
- Students are not allowed to open any browsers or computer files during an online exam, unless otherwise specified. Exams should not be printed, unless it is a PDF exam taken with an in-person proctor.
- Students cannot take the exam with books, notes, or reference aids of any kind unless specified in the exam instructions. Students cannot take notes about the exam or attempt by any other means (e.g., by using a cell-phone camera or other electronic device) to copy any part of the exam.
- If the exam is specified as a PDF (printed) exam, proctors must collect all exam documents at the conclusion of the testing period. The completed exam documents should be scanned and uploaded into Blackboard. Some print exams need to be returned to UND by fax and/or by mail. Please check the specific exam instructions within the Blackboard course for details. When exams are required to be returned by mail, students must provide a stamped, addressed envelope for the proctor to mail the exam to UND.
- If the designated proctor is unable to proctor the exam, the student must complete another Proctor Designation Form. Proctors should not give an exam or exam password to another person or to the student and should not access/print the exam in advance.
Do you have a question that isn't answered here? Please contact your instructor or UND Technical Support.
What is a proctor?
Proctors are individuals who agree to supervise examinations and meet the criteria set forth by the University of North Dakota. Proctors have the responsibility of facilitating fairness and integrity during testing situations.
Who can be my proctor?
For Fall 2020, instructors may choose to allow ProctorU and/or in-person proctors. Proctoring guidelines may vary by program. Please consult your course syllabus or course instructor for specific proctoring information.
My exam/quiz is not available in Blackboard, what should I do?
If the exam is not available in Blackboard, please contact your course instructor.
What if an exam is not available for scheduling through ProctorU?
Check the Blackboard course site or contact the instructor to find out the exam availability dates.
What if a student was kicked out of the exam or received a submission error?
For proctored exams where the exam was not submitted, the proctor should be able to enter the exam password and let the students back into the exam. If using ProctorU Auto, the student should be able to re-enter the exam. If the exam submitted prematurely, please contact the course instructor.
What are ProctorU's hours?
ProctorU is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the following exceptions: closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 24-26, and January 1.
What are the technical requirements for proctored exams? Are there special requirements for exams taken with ProctorU?
- All exams will be accessed online. A computer with Internet access must be available. Exams should not be taken on smartphones or tablets.
- Wireless Internet connections are not recommended.
- Web browser and operating system requirements can be found on the Technical Requirements page. The web browser must be configured to accept cookies.
- Additional equipment is required when taking PDF (written) exams.
What accommodations are available for students with disabilities?
Accommodations can be requested for students with disabilities. Please work with Disability Services for Students and your course instructor to determine possible accommodations. ProctorU does not charge for additional time for accommodated testing.