School of Health Professions Policy for Student Identity Verification for Distance Education

EVMS requires its distance education courses and programs to have a process to ensure that a student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credits.

The EVMS School of Health Professions requires students to create a special password and to validate their identity using this password at different points during a distance education course or program. Student participation is mandatory. This process is over and above the use of credentials (i.e., user name and password) issued by EVMS to each student as part of matriculation, and thus provides an additional layer of security and ensures academic integrity.

Methods used to verify student identity in distance education protect the privacy of student information. Any data collected will be for the sole purpose of identity verification and will not be used for any other purpose.

Any attempt to circumvent identity verification will be a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination from the course or program.

Students will be notified at the time of registration or enrollment of any charges associated with the verification of student identity.

For more information on SHP Policy for student identify verification, please refer to the SHP Policy and Procedures handbook.

How Does BioSig-ID Work

BioSig-ID is implemented to meet the requirements and policy. BioSig-ID is a Biometric Signature ID software system used at EVMS distance education to verify student identification and ensures academic integrity. When enrolling with BioSig-ID, students are required to create a biometric password while the software measures the unique way a user moves their mouse, finger or stylus. BioSig-ID captures the user’s unique movements including direction, speed, length, angle, pressure and height as they draw a 4 digit password. 

The EVMS learning management system Blackboard Learn is integrated with the BioSig-ID system. Students will be required to verify their identity using their biometric password at varied occasions during the semester, when they first log in a course, when accessing Blackboard course information, or at the beginning of a quiz or exams.

Accessibility and Privacy

BioSig-ID has been approved by the EVMS Network Information Center team for use with students. BioSig-ID has made every effort to comply with Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 requirements: