Francis Marion University Distance Education Policy on Student Privacy and Student Authentication
Francis Marion University complies with the SACS Commission on Colleges' distance education policies. These policies include procedures to protect student privacy and to ensure student authentication. Each student in a distance education course is assigned a login and password and must use this login and password to access and participate in the distance education course. For security reasons, this specific course and student information is not available to any outside users.
All Francis Marion students, including those enrolled in online, hybrid, or other distance education classes, are informed of the FMU honor code, standards of academic conduct, and standards of student behavior. Students enrolled in online, hybrid, or distance education courses must adhere to policies on electronic security that prohibit sharing of passwords and require students and faculty to prevent non-authorized persons from gaining access to their university computer accounts.
Faculty engaged in distance education actively seek to ensure the integrity and security of distance education instruction. The university encourages additional means of authentication and student privacy in distance education courses as new options become available.
No additional costs are associated with the authentication of student identity at Francis Marion University.