Western Carolina University is committed to academic excellence and integrity. Western Carolina University online courses may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This means that a student is monitored by an approved person, or proctor, while taking an exam. The use of proctored exams is determined by the instructor. The course syllabus will indicate if proctored exams are required.
Western Carolina University has a Professional Testing Center offering proctored exams for Distance Learners. Western Carolina University’s Testing
Center offers professional test proctoring for any distance learning student regardless
of the college, university or school you attend and is a member of the UNC Proctoring Network and the National College Testing Association (NCAT). The service is available Monday through Friday during normal business hours between
8am and 5pm by appointment only.
Students will need to schedule their exams as early as possible, but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled testing date(s). They may schedule their proctored exam by telephone 828-227-7397 or by email. Students requiring a change within the 14 days preceding the exam will need to contact Professional Testing for scheduling options.
WCU Distance Learning students may also arrange to have their tests or assignments proctored by a qualified individual or organization located in closer proximity to them. For ease in identifying qualified proctors, Western Carolina University participates in the UNC Online Proctoring Network. This Network has been established to enhance the academic integrity of online courses by providing students with an easily accessible pool of qualified proctors located within as well as outside the state of North Carolina. The UNC Online Proctoring Network includes proctors who do not charge, as well as proctors who do charge, for their services. Students are personally responsible for payment of any proctoring fees if they choose to utilize a proctor who charges for this service. Students are also responsible for any parking fees that may be associated with their use of a particular proctor.
The use of proctored exams is determined by the instructor. The course syllabus will indicate if proctored exams are required. For more information, faculty can review the proctor information, which includes a university approved syllabus statement for use by all faculty teaching an online course.