Student Identity Verification
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions offering distance education courses or program to have processes in place to ensure the student who registers in a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in the course or program and receives the academic credit. Additionally, the HEOA requires institutions to implement processes protecting student privacy and notifying students of any projected additional student charges associated with the verification of student identity at the time of registration or enrollment.
Luzerne County Community College meets the requirements by assigning each student a secure login and password to access Blackboard Learn, the college's course management system, and the college network. All students registering for a credit course are assigned unique identification numbers, which correspond with a specific username for each student. Each student establishes and manages their password using the course management system. Faculty using course management systems other than Blackboard Learn are encouraged to use only those systems requiring a single sign on.
In addition, faculty, staff and students are requested to communicate regarding educational records and specific courses via the official LCCC email account, which also requires a secure login. Students are notified of any associated course fees at the time of registration. However, there are no additional costs associated with authentication of student identity at LCCC.
The LCCC Code of Conduct and policies related to Academic Honesty (See the Student Handbook), applies fully to online courses. Students are expected to abide by the standards established for academic integrity in all courses. Students are responsibility for maintaining the security of usernames and passwords.
Luzerne County Community College is a SARA-approved institution through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and a member in good standing with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. Distance education, for the purpose of SARA, means: instruction offered by any means where the student and faculty member are in separate physical locations. It includes, but is not limited to, online, and correspondence courses or programs.
SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take distance education courses and/or programs offered by postsecondary institutions that are based in a state other than the state where a student is physically located. The student's physical location is determined by where the student participates in the distance education activity, regardless of whether or not it is the student's legal state of residence. Such cases may include: military assignments, temporary employment relocation, and permanent relocation. SARA policy is intended to be consistent with federal law and is therefore subject to change based on federal rulemaking. For more information on SARA and the policies and procedures set forth by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), please visit: http://www.nc-sara.org
Luzerne County Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.