While remote proctoring may be used in connection with virtual instruction, best practices for online instruction strongly encourage consideration and evaluation of alternate methods of assessment. Please also see 8/4/2020 CSU Memo from AVC WrynnPDF File on considerations for online assessment (alternate assessments, equity, privacy and disability accommodation). 

Additionally, CSUF Faculty Support Services sent a 9/3/2020 email with guidance regarding “Cameras in the Classroom” for faculty consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions   on Student Privacy answers questions regarding recording virtual lectures, the use of cameras, and language regarding privacy and copyright of materials.       

For information regarding Proctorio, please visit Information Technology at it/services/software/proctorio


Alternative Assessments

Alternate assessments include timed exams, open book exams, projects, papers and presentations. Another option is electronic portfolios that may be used to promote comparison and/or synthesis of student academic work.


Tips for Alternative Assessment 



Although it may be difficult to prevent cheating entirely, faculty can implement steps to reduce its impact in the student learning online assessment process. Linked below are some practical tips to prevent or reduce cheating for two common learning assessment activities, namely testing and homework assignments. 


Strategies for Testing 


Strategies for Homework Assignments  


  • Identify your new expectations for students: You will have to reconsider some of your expectations for students, including participation, communication, and deadlines. As you think through those changes, keep in mind the impact this situation may have on students’ ability to meet those expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connections, or needing to care for family members. Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.


  • Create a more detailed communications plan: Once you have more details about changes in the class, communicate them to students, along with more information about how they can contact you (email, remote office hours, etc.). A useful communication plan also lets students know how soon they can expect a reply. They will have many questions, so try to figure out how you want to manage that.