UCard is a service used by colleges to verify online student identity. In other words Linfield uses the services of Ucard to make sure that each of the people enrolled in our online courses are the same people who are participating in class activities.
Linfield College is required by Federal Law to establish “that the student who registers in a distance education or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit.” (US PL 110–315 Part H Sec 496)
In order to establish a student's identity, Ucard uses three forms of identification:
Once per year, while taking classes at Linfield College, each student will meet with a live proctor online to establish her/his identity with the three forms of identification listed above (ID, snapshot and typing sample, and 3 or 4 questions).
Periodically students will be instructed to re-authenticate (snapshot and typing sample only).
A live proctor is a person who works for Ucard. The student will meet with the proctor online in a video-conference.
Yes it is safe. The video conferencing software students download from the Ucard website is industry standard software used to trouble shoot computer problems. The live proctor is trained and will only use it to conduct the verification and help the student set up her/his computer for the verification process. The connection between Ucard and the student computer can be closed at any time and will be automatically closed at the end of the process.
The public records questions and answers are not stored or retained by Ucard or Linfield College. The snapshot of the student picture ID is retained for only two weeks. Snapshots and typing samples are retained for one year. Ucard and Linfield College strictly adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.
How much does this cost? ID verification through Ucard costs $10 per student per year. Students will not pay for this service directly or be asked to give Ucard any financial information. The cost of the service is included in OCE tuition and fees.