CASL Examination Policies and Procedures for Online Courses

The following are guidelines for instructors of online CASL courses on how they should conduct their course examinations. These include online exams, proctored on-campus exams, and remotely proctored exams.


Online exams

For instructors who wish to have their exams administered online via Canvas, Scott Alexander—Digital Education Support Specialist—can provide training in the Canvas Quizzes tool.  His contact details are or 313-593-1392.

The Canvas Guides on Quizzes are quite extensive and helpful as well.


On-campus exams

For instructors who wish to have their students come to campus for some or all of their exams, they will need to make arrangements to have a room reserved for the exam.

The instructor is responsible for meeting the class for the examination.  


Remotely proctored exams

If you wish to allow your students to take exams remotely, but with a proctor, the below guidelines will assist you. 

  • The student must:

    • Arrange for a proctor. 

      • Acceptable proctors include.

        • University, school or public librarian, full-time teacher, or professor

        • School superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator

        • Local college/professional testing center staff or administrator

        • Professional learning/tutoring center

        • Embassy education officer, military base/ station education officer

      • Unacceptable proctors include anyone the student has a personal relationship with: Relative, partner, or spouse, co-worker, business associate, or direct supervisor, roommate, friend or peer, coach, and current and former UM-Dearborn students

    • The student must also pay any fees charged for proctoring services. 


  • The proctor must: 

    • Provide a professional e-mail account and physical work address to verify her/his title.  
    • Scan and upload the completed exam to the location noted in the exam email. The student should not have access to this e-mail nor the completed exam unless otherwise noted by the instructor.  

    • Monitor students while they take exams to ensure they are following the rules of the exam.  

    • Confirm the identity of the person who is asking you to proctor for them. A photo ID should be checked to make sure the person is whom they claim to be.  

    • Print the exam for the student to complete, this from an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of the exam along with instructions.

    • Send email to instructor confirming the receipt of the exam and guidelines & instructions.  

    • Send email to instructor confirming the receipt of exam dates from the instructor. 


  • The instructor should:

    • Verify credentials and contact information for student-selected proctor.

    • Announce examination dates in the course syllabus and confirm the examination date two (2) weeks prior to the actual examination date. This will allow time for the student to schedule the proctor.  

    • Send confirmation email to proctor with examination dates for course. 

    • Review the examination for errors. Revision of examinations after submission for distribution to students and proctors causes potential confusion and unnecessary errors. Please take the time to proof read your examination before submitting it. 

    • Establish specific guidelines for examinations, including naming any materials or resources that may be used by students in the completion of the examination (i.e., calculators, textbooks, notes, etc.).

    • Email exam and specific instructions/guidelines to proctor two (days) before exam date.

    • Respond, whenever possible, to any phone calls received from the proctor or student during the exam. 

    • Review and approve/deny requests for exceptions to the scheduled examination day.  

    • Notify students of exam grades within the established time frame. 


Instructors are responsible for knowledge of and adherence to the University of Michigan – Dearborn, Campus-Wide Academic Code of Conduct. It is expected that all suspected violations of the ACC will be reported on the appropriate form to the College Dean’s office . Failure to follow the ACC guidelines threatens the academic integrity of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

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