Verification of Student Identity and Protection of Privacy
UW-Madison verifies student identity through a system of secure logins and passwords first established for a student at the time of admission. A student ID card and a NetID are assigned to all students. The NetID and password are required for students to login to university computing and networking services, including the learning management system (i.e., Canvas), MyUW, O365, Google, Box, etc. The university uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to add an extra layer of security to the NetID login process. MFA combines the NetID/password with a smartphone/token/fob to verify identity. This extra step helps protect online identities and UW-Madison digital assets.
The same standards are used for secure login to Canvas for distance education courses as is required for login services required for face-to-face instruction, and for students to access payment and financial records. Course rosters include pictures of students taken for their student ID card. Many online classes use video-conferencing, thus instructors have an opportunity to match faces and names.