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When deciding whether or not to proctor an exam, you are balancing three key considerations:

  • Academic Integrity: Ensuring submissions represent students’ original thought, and are made by individuals who are who they say they are.
  • Privacy: Protecting the students’ digital footprint, so their likeness, environment and mannerisms are not digitally distributed.
  • Equity: Facilitating access to the course for students who might not have a clean testing environment, strong internet access, camera, or, in some cases, administrative access to their device.

Students are also balancing these values, and might request an alternative assessment mechanism. Instructors should be prepared to address student requests.

What are the options?


Respondus Monitor


Live Proctoring

Yes. ProctorU provides video-based testing with a live proctor. 

No. Respondus utilizes a student’s webcam and video analytics to prevent and flag possible cheating during exams. Faculty then review flags. 

Yes. Live proctor monitors activity and is available in case of issues. 

Lockdown Browser

No lockdown browser. 

Yes. Respondus Monitor includes Respondus Lockdown Browser which does not allow students to utilize additional browsers

Yes. Honorlock has a lockdown browser. 

Student Appointment Required

Yes. ProctorU requires students to schedule an appointment. 

No. Students do not need an appointment. 

No. Students do not need an appointment. 


Paid for by students at $25 per exam. 

Paid for by the University. 

Paid for by the University (Fall 2020). 


Web Camera

Web Camera and microphone. Room Scan, ID check. 

Sufficient Bandwidth

Web Camera and microphone. Room Scan, ID check. 


Respondus Monitor will drop the exam if there is insufficient bandwidth. 

Honorlock has an internet speed test option and will adjust to low bandwidth. 

Faculty Reports


Yes, Respondus Monitor provides individual student reports with flags on issues. 

Yes, Honorlock Provides individual student reports with flags on issues. 

Additional Features

A beta release of LockDown Browser for Chromebook is now available for institutions using Canvas. The new Chromebook extension for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor can be used with both New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes in Canvas courses. During the beta period, instructors will need to enable the use of the Chromebook version on a per exam basis. The following Knowledgebase article provides additional information about the beta release of LockDown Browser for Chromebook, including feature limitations and known issues: This article will be updated periodically during the beta.

Secures test answers by removing content from the internet that matches exam content. 

Detects secondary mobile devices and prevents students from searching for test answers online. 

Detects additional people and voices in the room. 

Adjusts to the bandwidth available to the student.

Provides a transcript of student speech during the exam. The software will flag the student is Siri, Google, or Alexa are said by the student.  

Canvas CompatibilityCompatible with both Canvas Quizzes and New QuizzesCompatible with both Canvas Quizzes and New QuizzesOnly compatible with Canvas Quizzes. Honorlock is not compatible with New Quizzes at this time. 

Known Issues

In the Spring 2020 semester, ProctorU ran out of available appointments for students to take exams. If students did find a time to have an exam proctored, it was often at after 10 pm and before 6 am

Respondus Monitor requires faculty to review student videos that are flagged with suspicious activity. Reviewing videos can take several hours depending on the number of students in the course and the amount of flagged content.  

Respondus Monitor does not currently work with Linux. 

Respondus monitor experienced so much traffic at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, that even though exams were taken, the system could not produce the proctoring results before final grades were due. 

Respondus monitor does not adjust for bandwidth and several students in the Spring semester were dropped during exams. 

Respondus Monitor does not provide videos associates with flagged content if student bandwidth is low. 

Student Guides and ResourcesGetting started with ProctorU - Student InstructionsRespondus LockDown Browser & MonitorHonorlock - Student Guide
Faculty Guide and ResourcesProctorU - Faculty InstructionsRespondus Lockdown Browser (for Instructors)Honorlock

Other Alternatives

One of the most effective ways to ensure a high-quality assessment is to carefully plan and implement rigorous assessments within the course. If you determine that proctoring is not the appropriate solution, but you want to incorporate additional safeguards against cheating, consider our alternatives to proctoring. Visit the GOLD Resource about Ways to Ensure Academic Integrity Online to find design choices in Canvas to limit opportunities for cheating. 

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