Policies and procedures for online course examinations are articulated in University Senate Proposal 18-17.

Some online courses require students to take proctored exams. A proctored exam is taking a test under the supervision of an approved proctor or testing facility. Students are responsible for finding a proctor in their local area. The Michigan Tech Testing Center is available for those reasonably close to campus, and proctoring is free for those students taking a Michigan Tech course that requires a proctored exam.  Those too far away from Houghton can refer to the National College Testing Associations's directory of testing centers to find one near you.

Students should refer to their Canvas course, course syllabus, or the course website for assignments and exams. Questions should be directed to the course instructor.

Any fees associated with a proctor or testing facility are the the sole responsibility of the student. A proctor should be established at the beginning of the term to prevent any problems.

Proctor Requests

If you are an online student and your course requires a proctored exam, fill out the information on the proctor form and return it your instructor. Information cannot be taken over the phone, so please be sure to send your request at least two weeks before your test date. This will give your instructor enough time to make sure your exam is at the correct location when you are ready to take it.

Approved Proctors (in order of preference)

  • A Michigan Tech faculty member, graduate student, or academic staff member.
  • A staff member, administrator or educator at a designated testing center** affiliated with another university, a military education center, or operating independently.
  • A person from the students' place of employment may proctor, with instructor approval, provided there is not a direct reporting relationship.
  • A public librarian or a public library testing center staff member

If none of the above is available, an online proctoring service can be arranged through MTTC for an additional charge. An educator, counselor, librarian or administrator in another collegiate or high school educational system or other individual may also be designated with instructor approval. A proctor CANNOT be a relative, close personal friend, student, spouse or significant other or anyone else who might appear to have a conflict of interest.

**A designated testing center is defined as an organization or unit within an organization that routinely provides classroom, accommodated, or sponsored examinations. This organization should meet typical testing standards such as providing lockers for disallowed materials, using security cameras, and verifying student identity."