Where, when, and how you take a proctored exam is determined by your course instructor. Not all courses have exams that need to be proctored. Details for proctored exams will be available in the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON and/or in your course syllabus. If you can't find exam details in your syllabus or the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON, please contact your instructor or doe-exams@uiowa.edu for assistance. 

Proctored exams are exams completed under supervision so access to materials can be controlled. Conventionally, on-campus faculty proctor exams during class time. Typically, a proctor verifies the identity of the student completing the exam and oversees testing to prevent the use of unauthorized aids or tools. 

University of Iowa courses have proctored exam details listed within the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON. The Proctored Exams Portal is found in the left navigation menu in ICON. Exam details should be listed in the syllabus too. 

University of Iowa students, depending on course restrictions, may be able to complete proctored exams at the North Campus Test Center, online via Proctorio, at the Student Disability Services office, or with an approved off-campus proctor. Details for proctored exams will be available in the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON and/or in your course syllabus. If you can’t find exam details in your syllabus or the Proctored Exams Portal in ICON, please contact your instructor first, then contact doe-exams@uiowa.edu for additional assistance.

Individuals completing non-University of Iowa proctored exams will complete exams at the North Campus Test Center.

Review exam dates found in the Proctored Exams Portal of your ICON course site or your course syllabus. Individuals completing a non-University of Iowa exam should contact their instructor or the company delivering the exam to identify acceptable exam dates. 

Whether exams for a course will be completed online or on paper is determined by the instructor. Consult the Proctored Exams Portal of your ICON course site or your course syllabus to find out which medium your exam uses.

Individuals completing a non-University of Iowa exam should contact their instructor or the company delivering the exam to determine the exam medium. 

All forms of plagiarism and any other activities that result in a student presenting work that is not his or her own are academic fraud. For online or paper exams, this could be a student using unauthorized materials to answer questions on an exam, someone else helping the student complete the exam, or someone else taking the exam. 

A determination of whether or not academic misconduct has occurred during an exam is up to the instructor of the course. All activities in the test center are monitored and recorded. Use of the test center constitutes consent to video and audio monitoring. All activities during a Proctorio exam are monitored and recorded by the remote proctoring tool. 

Any suspicious behavior recorded by the test center or Proctorio will be documented and reported to your instructor. Examples of suspicious behavior include but are not limited to: 

  • speaking or communicating to other students in any way 
  • looking at someone else's exam 
  • looking at notes, books or other materials not specifically allowed 
  • using electronic devices not specifically allowed 

If the tester deviates from the Guidelines for using Proctorio, the tester must explain the incident to the instructor in writing as soon as possible. 

If the tester's explanation and the instructor's review reveals a reasonably innocent explanation, the instructor may choose to allow the tester to modify the behavior and comply with the guidelines to prevent future punitive action. 

If the tester's explanation is unsatisfactory, the instructor may choose to impose a punitive action. 

If the tester does not report a deviation and the instructor suspects a violation of the Guidelines for using Proctorio, the instructor will contact the tester and punitive action may be taken.  

If the tester has questions or concerns about academic misconduct or punitive action, the tester should consult the following site: https://distance.uiowa.edu/policies    

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For additional questions about exam proctoring, contact us at 319-384-4800 or email us at doe-exams@uiowa.edu.