Get rid of Respondus Lockdown Browser, it is morally unethical.

Get rid of Respondus Lockdown Browser, it is morally unethical.

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Marris Vo started this petition to UNIVERSITIES

Respondus lockdown browser has been commonly implemented into our school lives as a way to discourage academic dishonesty. While many people understand why Respondus lockdown browser is in place, it actually does more harm to the student than good. For example, Respondus lockdown browser invades the student's privacy by recording the student's every movement and audio. The student is forced to keep their eyes directly on their computer screen without any leeway. As for remaining as still as possible while under the pressure of being watched by a camera while taking a test, students also have an outside life that they are unable to control, for example, family members who are unaware of their situation. Family members or friends could accidentally come into view of their camera and the Respondus system will automatically flag them for "suspicious activity". This also invades the privacy of people who accidentally come into the background while the camera is active. The people in the student's household are unable to perform daily life tasks while the student is being recorded or the student will be flagged for suspicion. Depending on how strict their professor is, this could be detrimental to the student's final test grade and could result in a zero and academic suspension. Students are also required to help around the house, in case of an emergency students will be forced to choose whether they want to fail their test or help someone in need for example, taking care of a crying baby. After the student reads the terms and conditions, Respondus also forces the student to consent to lose all of their sensitive information and data if there were to be a security breach and that the company behind Respondus is not responsible for any sensitive information lost from a breach. Here is one of their terms and conditions written on the Respondus webpage, "By agreeing to these Terms, you agree to use Respondus Monitor at your own risk, and agree that Respondus shall not be liable if a security breach occurs, if the site malfunctions, or if information is misused or mismanaged in any way to your detriment or the detriment of a student or third party, whether by Respondus , your institution, or an unauthorized third party." (Respondus). This is very unethical to force students to use this program just to get through a class due to fears of academic integrity. Respecting the student's privacy and protecting the student's sensitive information like IP address, name, audio, birthdate, login information, location, etc. should be a top priority instead of academic dishonesty. Students are forced to either sign their rights and sensitive information away or to fail/drop the course AFTER payment when using this program for the sake of academic dishonesty. In addition, Respondus Lockdown browser is not compatible with some devices. "Operating Systems Windows: 10, 8, 7, Vista Mac: OS X 10.7 or higher iOS: 7.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration." (unsa.edu). Students that do not have access to these types of operating systems are forced to purchase an expensive device to install Respondus, find other methods of taking the test, or just fail or drop the course entirely. Students may not have the funds or resources required to use Respondus Lockdown Browser. Students are already struggling to get by with what little money they have. Students also may live too far away from campus to use their computer labs. Public libraries may not allow the installation of Respondus Lockdown Browser. There are other ways to combat academic dishonesty that should be implemented like shorter test times instead of Respondus Lockdown Browser. Please have concern for the student's sensitive information and privacy instead of their test-taking. 

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