2013-2014 Academic Catalog: Verification of Student Identity - Distance Education
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions that offer distance education courses or programs to have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for the course is the same student who submits work, participates and/or receives course credit. At Wentworth Institute of Technology, all students registering for a course utilize an assigned unique identification number, which corresponds with the specific username of each student. Each student is given a temporary password to login for one-time use, and upon successful login, is immediately required to change the password. Students can change the password thereafter anytime, but are required to change the password every 180 days. The logins utilize Microsoft Active Directory to authenticate the user. The password must be a minimum of 8 characters using an alpha numeric combination.
While no one method can ensure students taking an online course are completing the coursework themselves, WIT learning and teaching practices help to promote academic honesty. Every WIT student must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, (as published in the Student Handbook), the Wentworth Creed, and all published Wentworth policies and procedures with regard to his/her character. In addition, online faculty work closely with instructional designers to develop and implement a variety of assessment tools/methods in their courses. Where appropriate, these include research and writing assignments, discussion board participation, independent and group projects and quizzes.