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New student ID requirements for distance examinations

By Courtenay Alcock

Effective for the 2012 winter semester, all students taking a distance course will be required to present both their Memorial Campus Card ID and a piece of
government-issued photo identification to their invigilators prior to writing tests and examinations. If the invigilator does not find a match between both photos, students will not be permitted to write the exam.

This decision came about based on a recommendation to the Senate Committee for Undergraduate Studies (SCUGS) from Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) and Student Success Programs due to concerns regarding identity verification of distance students.

"We are pleased that SCUGS has approved our recommendation as the decision enhances the academic integrity of distance examinations at Memorial," said Rob Wells, acting director of DELTS. "In fact, this is only the first step in our plan to strengthen the procedures in the administration of distance exams."

Currently, when on-campus students request a Campus Card through my.mun.ca, they are required to present a piece of government-issued photo ID at the time of pickup in order to receive their card. Campus Card requests from distance students outside the proximity of the St. John's campus are similarly processed then mailed out to them.

"It is important for the card system to have checks and balances to ensure academic integrity for examinations," said Tom Brophy, director of Student Success Programs. "We are bringing about these changes in an attempt to develop a level of parity between how we issue cards to students outside the St. John's region and those that physically obtain their cards on campus."

For more information on this initiative, please contact DELTS at 709-864-8700, toll free at 1-866-435-1396 or visit www.delts.mun.ca.

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