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HEOA Identity Compliance
The Higher Education Opportunity Act

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions offering distance education courses or programs have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participants in the course or receives course credit. The HEOA requires institutions to verify the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using methods such as:

    • A secure login and pass code;
    • Proctored examinations; and
    • New or other technologies and practices effective in verifying student identity.
Additionally, the HEOA requires Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) to use processes that protect student privacy and notify students of any projected additional student charges associated with the verification of student identity at the time of registration or enrollment.

AUM User Name:  Secure Login and Pass Code

Auburn University Montgomery meets these requirements by assigning each student an AUM User Name; a secure login and password to access the University Learning Management System and the university network. All students registering for a course through our administrative system are assigned unique identification numbers, which correspond with a specific username for each student. These usernames or accounts use Active Directory (AD) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to authenticate the user. Each student establishes and manages their password through My AUM, online at The university Password Policy requires that all users change their passwords every 180 days.

AUM Privacy Policy and Fee Notification

Students are notified of any associated course fees at the time of registration. There are not additional costs associated with authentication of student identity at AUM; however, there may be fees associated with the use of a proctoring service or approved proctor for examinations.  For example, ProctorU provides this service at a cost of $25 per exam for a 120-minute exam. 

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