Policy on Verification of Online Identity
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that National Defense University Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) operates in compliance with the provisions of the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315 concerning the verification of student identity in distance learning.
All credit-bearing courses and programs offered through distance learning methods must verify that the student who registers for a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives academic credit.
The NDU iCollege meets this requirement through careful, systematic and ongoing methods beginning when a student applies for admission and continues through his/her graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from study. Procedures related to student identity verification include but are not limited to: our registration, advising and transcript procedures, and our course management system login and security functions.
- New or returning students receive unique login credentials for initial access to Blackboard, our secure course management system. At first login, students are asked to reset his/her password to one which is entirely confidential. Data transmission of login information is secured using appropriate encryption technology. Personally identifiable information collected by the University may be used, at the discretion of the institution, as the basis for identity verification. For instance, a student requesting password reset may be asked to provide two or more pieces of information for comparison with data in our records.
- An additional layer of student verification and security is maintained through the Common Access Card, normally referred to as the CAC. The Department of Defense was among the first government agencies to use this card which provides the most reliable and secure form of identification possible. Most students must logon to their government computers using their common access cards to gain access to NDU distance education programs and services. Students are responsible for maintaining the security of usernames, passwords and any other access credentials assigned, and for providing complete and true information about themselves in any identity verification process.
- Because technology and personal accountability may not verify identity absolutely or ensure academic integrity completely, NDU iCollege faculty design courses that employ assignments and evaluations unique to the course and that support academic integrity. Additionally, many NDU iCollege courses use the blended model to interact with students by requiring a period of face-to-face instruction in the classroom.
- Finally, students are briefed on academic integrity at the beginning of every course and are required to sign a document verifying understanding of what constitutes academic integrity. Sanctions for violating the academic integrity standards may result in severe consequences to include denial or revocation of degrees or diplomas, loss of security clearances, and job termination.
- Students are not charged additional fees to cover the cost of identity verification.