Honorlock privacy concerns addressed

This message has been approved by Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Christopher Harvey, Executive Director of Academic Technologies.

As St. Petersburg College continues our move to remote learning, we understand there will be questions as students and faculty transition to a different type of educational delivery system.

The college is leaning on a variety of technological resources to ensure that SPC students have the best experience possible as they continue their academic journeys and that includes alternatives to in-person proctored testing. Due to nationwide travel restrictions and social distancing protocols, most testing centers are closed or no longer accepting appointments. Your instructor may use a variety of assessment strategies in your courses, and one of those may be online proctored testing.

Honorlock, an online proctoring service, is being offered at no cost to all SPC students, local or remote, and provides a way of assessing students remotely. Student exam sessions are recorded and flagged for review when potential academic misconduct is detected.

We understand that some students and their families may have privacy concerns with Honorlock.

Please note that SPC’s agreement with Honorlock was approved by the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) and contains specific legal requirements for the privacy and security of student information. FLVC’s agreement with Honorlock supersedes the company’s general terms of service, and it is not the same agreement some students have been reviewing online.

Students should be aware that:

  • Honorlock does not sell student information to third parties.
  • Honorlock does not scan home networks or monitor data from any device on the network other than the one used for testing.
  • Secondary devices, such as phones, can be detected by Honorlock, but this is not accomplished by network-snooping.
  • Since the Honorlock extension is contained within the Chrome browser itself, it only has access to the limited operations that are provided by the browser – nothing else.
  • The Honorlock extension is only active while you are within the learning management system, and never accesses any personal or private data.
  • When the Honorlock extension is active, there is a flashing red indicator on the extension. If this indicator is not being shown, you can trust that nothing is actively being monitored or recorded during that time.

The college has created an FAQ webpage that addresses many of the questions that administrators have been receiving regarding Honorlock’s Privacy and Security.

For more information, students can visit SPC’s Honorlock Resources for Students page. Students should also watch for communication from their instructors about proctored testing requirements.


Last Updated: 5-26-21

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