About Examity at IU

For information on the use of remote proctoring during the 2020-21 academic year, see Assess student learning during COVID-19: Alternate assessment, Respondus Monitor, and Examity.

Examity is an online proctoring service that mitigates many of the issues surrounding the administration of tests to online students at a distance. Examity offers multiple levels of service to deter cheating, provide authentication, give students live support in using online tests, and provide a complete recording of both the student and all activity on the student's computer during a proctored testing session.

Proctoring levels available

Starting summer 2021, Examity will have a new user interface, a new automated proctoring level, and improved Canvas integration. The updated version will appear in all summer 2021 courses as "Examity v5". All instructors should use the new version.

The following levels are available for spring 2021:

  • Level 2 - Record and Review (with live authentication): After live authentication, each test is recorded from start to finish and is later viewed by a proctor.
  • Level 3 - Live proctoring: After completing the live authentication process, Examity monitors the test-taker's surroundings and entire desktop throughout the exam.

IU has contracted with Respondus to provide automated proctoring. For more, see Assess student learning during COVID-19: Alternate assessment, Respondus Monitor, and Examity.

In addition to the levels above, the following levels are available for summer 2021 (Examity v5):

  • Automated Premium: After an automated authentication procedure, Examity's automated system monitors the test-taker's surroundings and desktop and flags particular behaviors. A human proctor then audits the flags and passes the information back to the instructor.
  • Automated Practice: Allows test-takers to get familiar with the interface and procedures as well as ensuring that all equipment works properly. No audit is performed.

Cost of using Examity

For the latest information on the availability and cost of using Examity at IU, see Assess student learning during COVID-19: Alternate assessment, Respondus Monitor, and Examity.

Privacy and security

As an instructor, if you use an application managed by a vendor with whom IU does not have a contract, and it collects protected student data, you may be subject to sanctions, according to university policy Disclosing Institutional Information to Third Parties (DM-02). If your intended use will collect any FERPA-protected data in a third-party tool, do not use it before working through appropriate institutional offices to get a contract with the service. For guidance, see CITL's Use of Cloud Services in Instruction and/or consult your campus teaching and learning center.

When using proctoring tools (Examity, Respondus Monitor) for online exams, government IDs, security questions, and video feeds of the test-taking environment are encrypted to ensure the data is protected from unauthorized access. Only properly authorized people, instructors and the service administrators, have access to the information and the videos that are stored. All videos are saved for a prescribed period of time and then deleted. The individual proctors employed by Examity and Respondus work in proctoring centers with supervisors overseeing them, and everything they do is recorded on video and audio.

Both Examity and Respondus have contractual agreements with IU that ensure these proctoring services abide by IU security and policy expectations. Students with specific questions about either service are encouraged to review each company's privacy policy for clear details about what each service does and does not do:

Both proctoring services in use at IU are also routinely monitored to ensure they are abiding by their contractual agreements and privacy statements, and IU representatives meet with them regularly to discuss any issues and coordinate a timely resolution. Faculty with additional questions regarding privacy and security of online proctoring at IU can contact elearn@iu.edu to learn more.

Get help and learn more

Consult the resources below for pedagogical or technical assistance with Examity.


Spring 2021

Summer 2021 (Examity v5)

Student resources:

Instructor resources:

Contact Examity

Examity provides 24/7 phone, live chat, and email support for students and faculty using the service:

  • Phone: 855-Examity (855-392-6489)
  • Live Chat: Available on the Examity site
  • Email: support@examity.com

To contact Examity's IU account manager, Lisa Martini:

  • Phone: 855-392-6489
  • Email: lmartini@examity.com

Teaching and learning centers

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

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