How are online exams monitored

education: Online exams may only be monitored with a camera

Münster / Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Students at the University of Münster who have to write exams online due to the corona pandemic may only be checked with a camera in the event of suspected attempts at deception. The rectorate of the university pointed this out on Wednesday. The test subject may be asked to “show by turning the camera that he is alone in the room and has no tools in his field of vision”, according to a statement. That is the framework that the rectorate has given as a whole.

The general student committee (ASta) of the university had criticized excessive monitoring in online exams. Sometimes students are expected to film their personal living spaces in addition to their workplace or to record the table and doors with several cameras. "We consider such all-round monitoring to be inadmissible," explains Lina Eilers from the AStA chair in a message. According to the university, the use of multiple cameras is not allowed.

The University of Münster points out that according to the University Act, it is obliged to comply with the examination law principles of equal treatment and equal opportunities when organizing and holding university examinations. This means: acts of deception must be prevented as much as possible.

The university relies on the regulations on video surveillance issued in November 2020, which are based on the decree of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science in the pandemic situation. The university cannot comment on examinations in the state examination, such as lawyers or pharmacists. The rectorate has no influence on this, said a spokesman.

The North Rhine-Westphalian data protection officer Helga Block refers to the lack of coordination with the state universities after the criticism by the ASta. At the private universities, the data protection officer is already further, according to a statement. She has considerable concerns if a private university wants to support consent for video surveillance on the basis of the General Data Protection Regulation. If no alternative to video surveillance for online exams or exams is offered, the student will be forced to give consent.

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