Rutgers University to add controversial software to monitor students during exams
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Students at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus likely have a month or two before they find out what test taking looks like in 2015.
It's called ProctorTrack - software designed a company named Verificient.
It's designed to replace the watchful professor during exam time with electronic eyes... specifically your laptop's webcam
"I guess in a way, it's successful for teachers, because they want to monitor how students are taking these online exams and things," said Rutgers senior Meenal Upadhyoy. "But at the same time I know students have complained about the whole privacy thing with it."
The knock on online test taking has always been a lack of accountability. How do you ensure that a student isn't getting up and taking a break during the test? Or flat out cheating. But that added measure of accountability that proctor track brings to online testing, means students' information - an image of their face, their id, and their hands...is all stored remotely, raising privacy concerns.
Sophomore Michael Migliorino just released his new game called "Trumpy Bird", on the iTunes App store.
He writes code, and says 'Proctorless' exams put us on a slippery slope - where privacy... is an afterthought.
"If you want to talk about the future. I think the internet is going to be policed. All of our computers are going to be policed. I think it's intrusive, because were not quite there yet. That's the thing, I think we're taking a leap, where we should be kind of taking steps," said senior Michael Migliorino.
Rutgers released a statement to PIX11, which reads in part, "Rutgers requires Verificient to purge the personal data of all students within 90 days after the semester ends. In compliance with our agreement with Verificient, spring semester student data was purged on Sept. 1st."