A proctor is a person who monitors an exam to make sure that students don't cheat. In most traditional classes, where exams are administered in a physical classroom, the proctor is your teacher.
In some cases, you may need to take an exam outside of the normally proctored, classroom environment. For instance:
In cases like these, you will need to get your test proctored by someone other than your teacher. This proctor must meet certain qualifications and must be approved by your teacher.
How do I know if I'll need a proctor?
The course syllabus should tell you which tests require proctoring. If you have any questions about whether you will need to find a proctor for a specific course or test, please contact the teacher.
Note that if you need to use a proctor, you should find your proctor and submit the paperwork (described below) at least 2-3 weeks before the actual exam. This will give the teacher time to approve your proctor and send the proctor a copy of your test.
What proctors does Oakland University consider acceptable?
Friends, relatives, co-workers or business associates are NOT acceptable as proctors.
What do I do once I've found a proctor?
Fill out the student/proctor agreement form. You'll need the proctor to sign off on this form as well, and provide you with some supporting documentation that provides evidence of their legitimacy. Once you have completed the form and signed it yourself, send it to the teacher for approval. Again, do this at least 2-3 weeks before your test.
Who approves the proctor I've selected?
Once you submit the proctor agreement form, your teacher will review it and then either approve or deny the proctor. If the teacher denies the proctor, you will either have to find another proctor or address the teacher's concerns about the proctor you originally requested.
What happens on the day I need to take the test?
Go to the location of your proctor. If your test is on paper, the proctor will supply you with a paper copy of the test (supplied to the proctor by your teacher). If the test is online, your proctor will have you use their computer. The proctor will monitor you as you take the test, and, if required, send the completed test back to your teacher via email or postal mail.
Who do I contact with questions about this process?
If you have questions about the proctoring process, please contact the e-Learning office by submitting a help ticket.