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For policies specific to Continuing & Professional Education Undergraduate Degree Programs, click here.

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Student Validity Process

To assure that the student who enrolls in an online course/program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credits:

  • The student who enrolls for the online course is ‘batched’ into the course through SPIRE and Blackboard Learn using only the information from their registration.
  • The student uses their assigned login credential to actually log into the course each time they want access to the course.
  • OIT’s acceptable use policy further addresses this topic. 
  • Therefore, the person who has those credentials is the same person doing the work.
  • Online faculty state in their syllabus information about the University’s academic honesty rules and the potential results for any violations.
  • Online faculty input grades via SPIRE for each student based upon the same registration information.

Questions? Contact the Registration Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 413-545-3653 or 800-922-8211.



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