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Proctoring Options for Assessments

When deciding whether or not to proctor an exam, you are balancing three key considerations:

  • Academic Integrity: Ensuring submissions represent students’ original thought, and are made by individuals who are who they say they are.
  • Privacy: Protecting the students’ digital footprint, so their likeness, environment and mannerisms are not digitally distributed.
  • Equity: Facilitating access to the course for students who might not have a clean testing environment, strong internet access, camera, or, in some cases, administrative access to their device.

Students are also balancing these values, and might request an alternative assessment mechanism. Instructors should be prepared to address student requests.


What are the options?

Proctoring Services

Is Proctoring Right for my course?

Learn more about the considerations for using proctoring services in your course, and when proctoring is a strong option.

When to Proctor

Live Proctoring

Professionally-trained live proctors monitor every session and flag/intervene suspicious behavior. This third-party service is provided by ProctorU.

Learn about ProctorU

Alternative Proctoring Options


LockDown Browser is an integrated Canvas tool that “locks down” the student testing environment by limiting access to unauthorized programs and websites.

How to enable Respondus

Zoom Proctoring

For closed-book, timed exams that still need monitoring, Zoom is an option. We've compiled a set of recommended practices from various campus experts.

See Recommendations

Assessment Design


One of the most effective ways to ensure a high-quality assessment is to carefully plan and implement rigorous assessments within the course. If you determine that proctoring is not the appropriate solution, but you want to incorporate additional safeguards against cheating, consider our alternatives to proctoring.