The United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, Public Law 110-315, requires
colleges to establish policies to ensure that a student who registers in an online
course is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives
academic credit for the course. When Dutchess Community College students enroll in
an online course, their participation in the course is restricted to using the College’s
website portal, which requires a secure login and password to enter. In addition,
many Dutchess Community College online courses require students to take final examinations
in a proctored environment.
When a student is admitted to the College or registers for credit courses, basic personal
information is obtained and a unique college ID number is assigned. Students are also
given user names and passwords to access the College’s website portal. Login information
is secured using standard encryption technology. Students are provided instructions
regarding how to maintain the security of their passwords.
Personal identifiable information collected by the College when students are admitted
or register for courses is used as a basis for identify verification if there is a
question as to whether or not students are completing the requirements for the online
courses in which they are enrolled.
The Student Code of Conduct specifically prohibits all forms of cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty.
The Code of Conduct contains a policy describing the misuse of college computer resources
and specifically states that students are responsible for maintaining the security
of their user names, passwords, and any other access credentials assigned to them.
All students are responsible for adhering to the Code of Conduct and may be disciplined
for violations. Failure to read and comply with College guidelines, requirements,
and regulations does not exempt users from responsibility to adhere to College policies