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​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​For more information on CMU Online’s proctoring process, view this brief video presentation.

What is a proctor?


Exams, Proctoring
Lead Proctor
Kathy Lesica-Gardner
(989) 774-4461

A proctor is an approved person that administers an exam to a CMU student and agrees to fulfill the proctor responsibilities required by CMU. The proctor will verify a student’s identity by checking a photo ID and will ensure academic integrity guidelines during exams are followed (e.g., no notes, textbooks, outside assistance, etc.).

Do I need a proctor?

Online Courses require a proctor for one or more exams during the course. Check your course syllabus or Blackboard to determine whether or not your course requires a proctor or click here. It is the student’s responsibility to locate and designate an acceptable proctor with CMU Online.

Who can be a proctor?

Acceptable proctors include qualified CMU Global Campus Centers, CMU Online staff, or military/industry education or testing centers, school/college counselors, administrators, and teachers or local librarians. Relatives, direc​t supervisors, co-workers, or anyone the student has a personal relationship with, are not qualified proctors and will be denied. Any individual who cannot provide a suitable testing environment will also be denied as a proctor. To be approved to administer exams, a proctor must be affiliated with a suitable organization, such as a college, sc​hool, library or educational testing fa​cility. Contact information provided for the proctor must be affiliated with this organization (e.g., phone number and e-mail address).​​

CMU reserves the right to deny any proctor or assign proctors to students as necessary. If you have questions about an individual’s suitability, contact our office at (989) 774-4461​ or e-mail for clarification.

How do I report my proctor to CMU online?

To designate your proctor, you will need to complete the Proctor Desig​nation Form. Once submitted, two e-mails are sent. The first one lets you know we have received your proctor designation form. A second e-mail is sent informing you whether your proctor has been approved or denied. Once your proctor is approved, your exam information is sent to the proctor (via e-mail). Once your proctor is in receipt of your exam materials, you may then schedule your exams. The proctor approval process is performed during CMU Online business hours, typically within one to two business days.

What if I already have a proctor on file with CMU online for a previous class?

Every term we will automatically send your proctored exam information to the proctor you have on file with us. If you had designated a proctor in the past but haven’t touched base with them in a few months or longer, please check with that person to be sure they are still able to be your proctor this term. Be sure to verify that their phone number and e-mail address have not changed. If they have, you will need to update this information using the Proctor Designati​on Form.

I designated my proctor; now what happens?

CMU Online will verify the information and send exam materials directly to the proctor. Once your proctor is in possession of your exam materials, contact your proctor to schedule an appointment to take your exam. Bring photo ID with you on the day of your exam. You will not be able to take extra materials with you to the exam (e.g., purses, backpacks, notebooks, textbooks, phones, etc.) unless your instructor has specifically told you that certain items are permitted (e.g., book, certain type of calculator, etc.).

What is an online-proctored exam?

This is an exam taken online through Blackboard under the administration of a proctor. Your proctor will need to have a computer with internet access available for you to take your online exams. You will not be permitted to utilize your own personal computer. Once you have accessed your exam in Blackboard, the proctor will enter a password that will open the exam up to you.

How do I get my exam results?

Most online proctored exams are generally scored immediately. Your score will display on the screen when you complete the exam. Web course results usually appear in your Grade Center i​n Blackb​oard.

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