Policy on Student Identity Verification

In compliance with the provisions of the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, Public Law 110-315, concerning the verification of student identity in distance learning, Thomas Edison State University policy requires all students engaging in courses to verify their identity no later than 30 days after their first course registration with the University. For the purposes of this policy, “student” is defined as a person enrolling in a course with the University.

Thomas Edison State University will use one or more of the following methods for verification:

  • A secure login with user name and password
  • Proctored examinations
  • New or emerging technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification

Students must verify their identity to be permitted to progress in their course enrollment. In addition to the initial identity verification, students are required to comply with each identity verification prompt within a course in which they are enrolled. Refusal to do so may result in the student being removed from enrollment with the University and/or courses.

Procedure for Identity Verification in Academic Activity

The requirement to verify identity will be included in each Moodle course space. Identity verification in academic activity occurs in one or more of the following ways:

  • A secure login with user name and password
  • Proctored examinations
  • Biometric data match

Each academic activity will have a minimum of three verification instances.

Procedure for Identity Authentication Upon Request of University Staff or Outside of Academic Activity

Upon notification of the requirement or staff request, students are required to verify their identity within 14 business days. The University may withhold services or documents until verification is completed in accordance with the policy and procedures.