Exam Proctoring

Exam Proctor Guidelines for Online Students


Elizabeth City State University complies with SACSCOC policies and requirements regarding Distance Education, including those related to student verification/authentication. Each student enrolled in an Elizabeth City State University online course is provided with, and must use, a secure login and password to access and participate in the online course. This method of student verification and authentication complies with the SACSCOC Distance and Correspondence Education Policy Statement 

Online courses taught at Elizabeth City State University may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This means students will be monitored by an approved person, or proctor, while taking an exam.  The use of proctored exams is determined by the instructor.  If proctored exams are required, this will be indicated on the course syllabus and by your instructor. Please be sure to read your course syllabus carefully.

The ECSU G.R. Little Library provides proctoring service to all UNC system distance education students who live near Elizabeth City. There is no cost to online students to use these proctoring services. This service has been suspended for the fall 2020 semester due to Covid-19.

Elizabeth City State University does not impose any additional charges specifically related to verification of student identity. Students enrolled in distance education online courses or programs in which proctored exams are required may incur charges imposed by the proctoring site they choose.  Students may arrange to have their tests or assignments proctored by an approved individual or organization located within their geographic area. 

Elizabeth City State University offers Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor software solutions for proctoring of online exams within the Blackboard learning management system. More information about Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor can be found under the Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor link.

For access to approved proctors located within as well as outside of the state of North Carolina, Elizabeth City State University is a member of the UNC Online Proctoring Network. This Network has been established to enhance the academic integrity of online courses by providing students with an easily accessible pool of qualified proctors located within as well as outside the state of North Carolina.

Note: Students can easily access a wide range of proctors by logging into the network with their Elizabeth City State University credentials. The UNC Online Proctoring Network includes a list of proctors, who may or may not charge for proctoring services. Students are personally responsible for payment of any proctoring fees if they choose to utilize a proctor who charges for this service.  Students are also responsible for any parking fees that may be associated with their use of a particular proctor. 

Log into the UNC Online Proctoring Network?

  1. Visit the UNC Online Proctoring Network
  2. Select the "Login" button (located on the upper right side of the page)
  3. Select Elizabeth City State University if you are an ECSU student 
  4. Select "Login Through Your Campus" button.
  5. Enter your campus credentials (the same user ID and password you use to access your ECSU email account; do not include "@students.ecsu.edu" in your user ID).

Finding an Approved Proctor

Find an off-campus proctor or reserve an appointment in the G.R. Little Library using the UNC Online Proctoring Network:

Once you have identified a proctor:

  1. At least two weeks before your exam, either reserve an appointment in the G.R. Little Library or select an approved off-campus proctor using the UNC Online Proctoring Network.
  2. Upon your selection, you and your proctor will receive an email confirming the proctor and exam details.
  3. Schedule the exam with the proctor, arranging exam date, time, etc. according to the syllabus requirements.
  4. Prior to the exam date, you and your proctor will receive a reminder email.

If you have a conflict on any of the exam dates noted in your syllabus, you must contact your instructor for permission to make a change. Distance Education personnel cannot give permission to change exam dates or times.


Students must present a current/legible government issued photo ID prior to each exam appointment. Cell phones are not permitted in testing areas (leave cell phones at home or in a locked car). Students are responsible for all fees related to proctored exams (if a proctor charges a fee, the fee will be displayed in the proctor’s' details; students can compare fees during the scheduling process). 

Students can use the 'Invite a Proctor' feature if there are no approved proctors in their area or they find someone that is willing to proctor their exams for free or a minimal fee. If a student cannot pay a proctoring fee, he or she should start the invite a proctor process early in the semester; this process takes at least 30 days. Proctors set their fees (some proctors do not charge fees.) 
Campus codes of conduct and integrity apply during exam appointments.

UNC Online Proctoring Network: Help Center