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Information on possible use of proctoring during remote exams

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Published on Friday, 05 June 2020

The University of Luxembourg updates on its plans to organise exam sessions in a remote setting, and particularly on the possible use of a remote proctoring tool for a limited number of exams.

The University is under the obligation to ensure the integrity and safety of its exams. A remote proctoring software can help reach this goal. At the same time, the University wishes to ensure that all modalities of use of such a tool are in line with its obligation to protect the privacy of the users.

As of today, the University is still in the process of establishing that the tool under consideration fulfills all criteria in this respect. This is a lengthy and complex process. At this stage, the University does not yet have a complete picture to take a decision.

For the time being, therefore, the University has decided not to use the tool under consideration for the proctoring of remote exams. Until the final details can be clarified, other forms of remote exams will be used (Webex, oral exams, take-home exams). If and when the remote proctoring tool is introduced, this will happen with adequate lead time, allowing for proper preparation and testing, and the students will keep the right to refuse being proctored via the software. In the latter case, the University would assign the student an exam in a different format.  

A number of students have expressed their discomfort and have raised concerns about privacy with the solution that the University is exploring. The University takes these concerns seriously. However, the University also takes its responsibility towards students and society very seriously. It is important for all our students that the University protects the quality of its diplomas. All efforts will be deployed to reach this goal.