What can I tell students who have questions about the privacy policy for Respondus Monitor?

Respondus Inc. provides a software service that UIC instructors can use to increase academic integrity during non-proctored, online exams.

The Terms of Use provides explicit details of the information collected during an exam session, and how it is used. Below are some additional details: 

With specific regards to recording the student’s environment:

  •  Instructors can recommend that students position themselves in front of a blank wall (if possible) or hang a sheet behind them so no other parts of the room are in view. 

  • The Environment Check setting in the pre-exam steps is an optional setting; instructors can always disable it if it’s not needed or students aren’t comfortable with it. Most of the time, however, that setting is used to record the desk or table top – to ensure compliance with a closed book exam rule. It’s entirely up to the instructor to determine how to use it.