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The Respondus Monitor Facial Detection feature is sensitive to lighting, body movements, and the quality of the video being sent via the webcam device; it is likely to disproportionately misregister students of color, students who engage in movement for concentration, and students who have more basic technologies in terms of webcam and internet access. Due to thisthese factors, we advise instructors to ensure this feature is turned off when utilizing the Respondus Monitor feature. While Respondus Monitor will not prevent a student from completing their exam due to these factors, it will disproportionately incorrectly flag these segments for review by the instructor. Please know that NPU staff has been having open conversations with Respondus Monitor on issues of potential bias, and we feel it’s essential to delve into some of those complexities to help administrators and users better understand them:

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