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Your instructor may choose to proctor your exam online through Honorlock. This online proctoring software is used to help minimize and deter cheating in online exams. To do this, Honorlock records your exam session and notifies your instructor if it detects unusual activity. It is up to your instructor to review any flagged activity and contact you if they have questions or concerns about your exam activity. See “Review exam guidelines and policies” below for information on what happens when an exam is flagged by Honorlock.
After the exam, the instructor reviews any marked footage and may contact you if they have any questions or concerns about your exam.
Please note that FSU values the privacy and security of your data. If you have any questions about FSU’s contract with Honorlock and the information privacy and security measures in place, see the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ webpage.
To use Honorlock, please ensure you have the following computer setup:
Note: FSU Case Management Services may be able to help students in need of webcams or other equipment. Students can reach them at 850-644-9555. Students who need help getting internet access can check out the ITS Free and Discounted Wi-Fi Options page
We recommend taking a look at the resources below so you know what to expect:
Be sure to closely review the instructor’s exam guidelines and any related policies on the course syllabus. Instructors are responsible for enforcing academic integrity in their classes and for reviewing exam recordings when Honorlock detects unusual activity. If your instructor suspects cheating, they will contact you to discuss any suspicious exam behaviors and determine if further action is warranted. Cheating on an exam can result in severe consequences such as receiving a zero on the test and being charged with an academic honor violation at the university. Students involved in alleged violations of the FSU Academic Honor Policy or Student Code of Conduct have due-process rights. You can learn more about FSU’s academic integrity policies and your rights and responsibilities by visiting the Academic Honor Policy page on the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement website.
Prepare your testing environment by following these recommendations:
If you have any questions or doubts about what is and isn’t allowed during your exam, double check your syllabus and exam instructions, and don’t hesitate to contact your instructor for exam-specific guidance well before the exam starts.
If you’ve hit a snag after starting the exam, you can live-chat with Honorlock Support by selecting the chat bubble in the bottom-right corner of the Honorlock window. Honorlock staff typically respond within 5 minutes. This creates a paper trail for you if the instructor has any concerns. After you finish your exam, we recommend contacting your professor to recap the situation or receive additional guidance.
If you’re having trouble installing or launching the Honorlock Chrome Extension, please see Troubleshooting the Honorlock Extension.
If you have a question or concern about the Honorlock software, you can visit Honorlock Support to receive live chat support or to test your system.
Honorlock is FERPA-compliant and uses securely encrypted protocols to save and view all test taker assets. Honorlock's certified proctors and your institution's faculty are able to review test session videos until deleted based on the school's retention policy. See the Honorlock Security and Privacy FAQ for more information.
No. Honorlock simply reports back possible incidents. Ultimately, your instructor determines if cheating occurred by viewing the exam recording and any notes made by Honorlock.
Or, if you are using Google Chrome and have the Honorlock extension installed, your instructor may not have activated Honorlock as intended. In this case, please notify your instructor of the situation.
No. FSU’s Office of Distance Learning contracts with Honorlock in order to provide remote proctoring services free of charge to FSU students, instructors, and departments.
According to Honorlock, “The Honorlock interfaces for administrators, instructors, and end-users are fully ADA accessible and compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Honorlock has also been developed and tested to conform to WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines for accessible use” (Honorlock Accessibility Statement).
If you have a disability that inhibits your use of Honorlock, you are welcome to consult the Office of Accessibility Services for specific guidance and support.