HEOA Identity Verification Compliance

The Higher Education Opportunity Act
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions offering distance education courses or programs have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participants in the course or receives course credit. The HEOA requires institutions to verify the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using methods such as:
  • A secure login and pass code;
  • Proctored examinations; and
  • New or other technologies and practices effective in verifying student identity.

Additionally, the HEOA requires Lake Michigan College to use processes that protect student privacy and notify students of any projected additional student charges associated with the verification of student identity at the time of registration or enrollment.


WaveLink User Name: Secure Login and Pass Code
Lake Michigan College meets these requirements by assigning each student a WaveLink User Name; a secure login and password to access the College Learning Management System (Canvas) and the college network. All students registering for a course through our administrative system are assigned unique identification numbers, which correspond with a specific username for each student. These usernames or accounts use Active Directory (AD) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to authenticate the user. Each student establishes and manages their password through WaveLink. The College Password Policy requires that all users change their passwords every 365 days.

LMC Privacy Policy, Fee Notification, and FERPA
Students are notified of any associated course fees at the time of registration. There are not additional costs associated with authentication of student identity at LMC however, there may be fees associated with name badges. Lake Michigan College (LMC) complies with all requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). LMC is committed to protecting the privacy of all students’ educational records, regardless of course delivery method. For more information, refer to the Acceptable Use For Technology Resources.