HonorLock Results: What your instructor sees.

Physics This Week
21 May 202004:48

TLDRIn this video, Dr. Johnson-Steigelman explains what instructors see after a student takes an Honorlock proctored exam. Using examples from a test run, she shows how incident levels are categorized as high, medium, or low, and how she reviews high-level incidents. She demonstrates the detection of speech and unauthorized website access, emphasizing the importance of staying on camera and avoiding suspicious behavior. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman also outlines the potential consequences of violating the honor code, including academic penalties and notifications to home institutions. The video aims to ensure students understand the importance of maintaining integrity during exams.


  • 🔍 Instructors review Honorlock proctored exam results to ensure fairness.
  • 📊 The video demonstrates results from a dry run of an Honorlock quiz.
  • 🚦 Incident levels are categorized as high, medium, or low, with high incidents getting the most scrutiny.
  • 👁️ Instructors can see detailed information on what happened during the exam, including any detected speech or unauthorized website access.
  • 🗣️ Speech detection is closely monitored to identify potential cheating, such as sharing answers or using a phone.
  • 🌐 Attempts to access unauthorized websites are logged and flagged.
  • 📷 Students need to remain visible on camera to avoid suspicion; temporary disappearances might be overlooked, but longer absences are questionable.
  • ⚠️ Major infractions can lead to invoking the honor code, resulting in loss of points, reporting to higher authorities, or even academic dismissal.
  • 📧 Students can ask questions about Honorlock in discussion sections or via email.
  • 🎓 The goal is to maintain honesty during exams while ensuring fair evaluation for all students.

Q & A

  • What is the purpose of the video presented by Dr. Johnson-Steigelman?

    -The video aims to show students what instructors see after they have taken an Honorlock proctored exam.

  • What did Dr. Johnson-Steigelman demonstrate in the earlier video?

    -In the earlier video, Dr. Johnson-Steigelman took a quiz on the Honorlock Dry Run.

  • How many times did Dr. Johnson-Steigelman take the quiz on the morning of the recording?

    -Dr. Johnson-Steigelman took the quiz twice that morning.

  • What are the incident levels mentioned by Dr. Johnson-Steigelman?

    -The incident levels mentioned are high, medium, and low.

  • Which incident levels does Dr. Johnson-Steigelman usually review?

    -Dr. Johnson-Steigelman generally reviews high incident levels, sometimes mediums, and rarely looks at the lows.

  • What does Dr. Johnson-Steigelman do when he sees a high incident level?

    -He goes in and takes a look at what happened during the quiz or exam.

  • What example does Dr. Johnson-Steigelman give for a high incident level?

    -He mentions that during his recording, there was speech detected, which he knows was himself talking.

  • What happens when a non-white-listed website is accessed during an exam?

    -The system blocks access to the website and notifies the instructor that the student tried to access it.

  • What does Dr. Johnson-Steigelman advise students to do regarding their camera during the exam?

    -He advises students to stay on camera for the entire time and ensure their face is visible.

  • What are the possible consequences of violating the Honorlock guidelines?

    -Consequences can include losing points on the exam, being reported up the line, and potentially academic dismissal.

  • How does Dr. Johnson-Steigelman assure students about the Honorlock system?

    -He reassures students that the system is meant to ensure honesty and that most students are honest.

  • How can students ask questions about Honorlock if they have any?

    -Students can ask questions in the discussion sections or send an email to Dr. Johnson-Steigelman.



🔍 Overview of Honorlock Exam Proctoring

Dr. Johnson-Steigelman introduces the video, explaining that he will show what he sees after a student takes an Honorlock proctored exam. He references an earlier video where he took a quiz on Honorlock Dry Run and mentions the high incident levels observed in his results. He emphasizes the process of reviewing these incidents, particularly focusing on high and medium levels, and explains that he only reviews these during exams.

📊 Incident Levels and What They Mean

Dr. Johnson-Steigelman explains the different incident levels: high, medium, and low. He states that he generally does not review low incidents but will review medium and definitely high incidents. He then begins to demonstrate what he sees on his screen, noting that during his recording, there were high incident levels due to his own speech.

🗣️ Analyzing Speech Incidents

The video shows an example where speech was detected, which was just Dr. Johnson-Steigelman talking during his own exam recording. He clarifies that if students talk during an exam, it will be flagged and reviewed to determine if they were sharing answers or talking to someone else.

🌐 Online Resource Access During Exams

Dr. Johnson-Steigelman identifies an incident where an online resource (Facebook) was accessed. He explains that this happened while demonstrating what occurs if a student tries to visit a non-whitelisted website during an exam. The system prevents access and alerts the proctor.

🎥 Maintaining Visibility During Exams

He discusses another incident where the student's face wasn't fully visible in the video. Minor issues like dropping a pencil are usually acceptable, but completely disappearing from the camera is problematic. He advises students to stay visible and ensure their face is in the camera frame throughout the exam.

📜 Honor Code and Consequences

Dr. Johnson-Steigelman warns about potential consequences of violating the honor code, which can range from losing exam points to academic dismissal. He stresses the importance of honesty and mentions that any misconduct by transfer students will be reported to their home institution.

📧 Final Thoughts and Contact Information

In conclusion, Dr. Johnson-Steigelman encourages students to remain honest during exams and assures them that the proctoring measures are in place to uphold integrity. He invites students to ask questions in discussion sections or via email and wishes them good luck with their course.




Honorlock is an online proctoring service used to monitor students during exams to ensure academic integrity. In the video, Dr. Johnson-Steigelman explains how Honorlock detects and reports incidents during exams, helping to prevent cheating.

💡High incident levels

High incident levels indicate potential cheating or suspicious behavior during an exam. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman shows examples of high incident levels, such as detected speech or attempts to access unauthorized websites, and explains how these incidents are reviewed.

💡Proctoring session

A proctoring session is the period during which a student's exam is monitored by Honorlock. The video shows what Dr. Johnson-Steigelman sees during a proctoring session, including live video, audio, and screen activity, to ensure no cheating occurs.

💡Speech detected

Speech detected refers to instances where the proctoring software picks up talking during an exam. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman discusses how he reviews these detections to determine if students are talking to someone else or using their phone, which could indicate cheating.

💡Online resource accessed

Online resource accessed means a student tried to visit a website during the exam. The video shows Dr. Johnson-Steigelman reviewing an instance where he accessed Facebook to demonstrate how Honorlock blocks unauthorized sites and alerts the instructor.


White-listed refers to websites that are allowed during an exam. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman explains that attempts to access non-white-listed sites, like Facebook in his example, are blocked and reported by Honorlock.

💡Honor code

The honor code is a set of rules promoting academic integrity. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman mentions that violations detected by Honorlock, such as cheating, can lead to penalties under the institution's honor code, including loss of points, reporting, or dismissal.

💡Camera visibility

Camera visibility refers to the requirement for students to remain visible on camera throughout the exam. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman advises students to stay in view to avoid suspicion, explaining that disappearing from the camera could lead to further scrutiny.

💡Discussion sections

Discussion sections are parts of the course where students can ask questions or discuss issues. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman encourages students to use discussion sections to ask questions about Honorlock or any concerns they have.

💡Academic dismissal

Academic dismissal is the removal of a student from the institution due to severe violations of academic policies. Dr. Johnson-Steigelman warns that cheating detected by Honorlock could lead to academic dismissal and notifying the student's home institution if they are a transfer student.


Introduction to what the instructor sees after an Honorlock proctored exam.

Review of an earlier quiz taken on Honorlock Dry Run showing high incident levels.

Explanation of the three incident levels: high, medium, and low.

Instructor's focus on high incident levels for further review.

Description of what the instructor sees on their screen, including live proctoring sessions.

Instructor muting the background recording to focus on their explanation.

Instructor's process of verifying incidents such as holding up a student ID.

Discussion on speech detection and its implications during the exam.

Example of speech detection being triggered by the instructor's own talking.

Scenario where the instructor checks for potential answer sharing or phone usage.

Incident of an online resource being accessed, specifically Facebook, during the exam.

Explanation of the system blocking access to non-whitelisted websites and alerting the instructor.

Mention of face not being fully visible on camera and its possible implications.

Advice to stay on camera and keep the face visible throughout the exam.

Potential consequences of violating the honor code, including academic dismissal.

Impact on transfer students if they are found violating the honor code.

Emphasis on maintaining honesty during exams to avoid judgment calls.

Encouragement for students to ask questions about Honorlock if needed.

Closing remarks wishing students good luck and enjoyment in the course.