Proctored Exams

Depending on your instructor for an online course, your exams may need to be proctored. A proctor is someone who oversees an exam to ensure the identity of the student and the security of the exam. To receive credit for online courses, students may be required to take proctored exams.

In the course of obtaining college credit, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which reflects positively on the College and on themselves and to follow all College policies and regulations, such as Academic Honesty. You can find more information in JCC’s Code of Student Conduct.

Student Guidelines

  1. The student must, during preview or first week of his/her online course, review the requirements for any proctored exams in the course and plan accordingly.  If the student knows in advance that (s)he cannot meet the requirement, then (s)he should contact the instructor immediately.
  2. All local* students need to contact the instructor to confirm/establish a time to take the exam with the instructor.  This should be done prior to the instructor established deadlines.
  3. All students that are not local* must have the proctor form** filled out. A proctor must be confirmed by the instructor prior to the established deadlines.

    The student must submit Proctor Approval Forms based on the instructor's requirements.

    NOTE:  Acceptable potential proctors include the following:

    • fulltime professional at a higher education institution;
    • librarian at a public library or a higher education institution;
    • military, corporate or industrial education testing centers;
    • ordained or certified clergy;
    • military of the rank E-5 or higher for students in the military.  In addition, the individual must be at least two ranks higher than the student.
    • other individuals may be eligible to be a proctor.  Students should contact their instructor for more information.

    The instructor can deny a possible proctor if (s)he has a concern about the qualifications or integrity of the individual.

    The student is responsible for any cost in obtaining a proctor.

  4. Once the proctor is approved, the student must schedule the exam during the designated exam-taking time.
  5. The student takes the exam on the scheduled day and at the scheduled time and signs the Proctor Certification Form.
  6. If the exam is to be mailed to the instructor, the completed exam is sealed in the postage-paid addressed envelope along with the Proctor Certification Form and the proctor should sign across the seal and mail the exam to the instructor.  The exam must be post-marked by the designated date.

*A local student is one that is currently residing within 60 miles of JCC.  

**Proctor Forms are found within your online course.

For additional information, please contact the Jefferson Community College Distance Learning Office at 315-786-2440 or 315-786-6527.