Testing Center remains closed, proctored computers available

Fatimah Azeem
Mercury Staff

Because the UTD Testing Center closed, a limited number of proctored computers are available for student use in Founders’ Brazos computer lab.

Assistant Provost Darren Crone said that there are eight socially distanced workstations in the lab that students can use for exams. Honorlock monitors the computers at these workstations. Face masks must be kept on for the entire duration of the exam, including during photo authentication.

Only faculty can reserve a seat in the lab for students. Students with limited access to technology should inform their instructors that they cannot take their exams at home. From there, instructors must fill out an Appointment Request Form at least seven business days before an exam.

“Additionally, the Office of Information Technology has a loaner program,” Crone said. “There, students can check out laptops and web cameras if access to technology is an issue.”

In order to check out a device from the OIT, students must fill out a student check-out form, which can be found on the OIT’s website. Once a request is made, a member of the Help Desk team will contact students to schedule a pickup date for the device. Brazos’ assistant lab manager Shawn Joseph said that about 250 devices have been checked out so far.

“I would like to reopen the Testing Center,” Crone said. “[But] unfortunately, it is just not possible at this time.”