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USS Remote Proctoring Statement

CUNY Students

Sep 1, 2020 — 

Hello All,

I hope the semester is off to a great start for you! My name is Kesi Gordon and I serve as the USS Vice Chair for Technology Fee Affairs. I am aware that we are facing some very uncertain times that come with new and scary challenges. One of those challenges being the implementation of remote proctoring. I have worked alongside the Remote Proctoring Taskforce for the past few months to select a proctoring tool in the case that instructors will need alternative ways to conduct exams. The committee stressed that remote proctoring will not be mandatory but should be used on a need basis. The committee is aware that remote proctoring may be necessary for specialized, licensure or certificate programs however we urge instructors to consider using traditional means of testing if possible.

While on the committee, I made it apparent that student privacy should be the main concern when selecting a proctoring tool. The circumstances that we are facing is not ideal and switching to distant learning was not a choice, thus remote proctoring should not be heavily enforced on to students. 

The executive Vice Chancellor, Jose Luis Cruz, informed the committee that they are mindful of data privacy and student liability. As we await CUNY's decision on a remote proctoring tool, we will continue to advocate for the protection of student privacy, if they are required to use the tool for taking exams. 

Link to full statement

Kesi A. Gordon
USS Vice Chairperson for Technology Fee Affairs 
CUNY University Student Senate 

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