Hillsborough Community College’s HEOA Compliance

The Higher Education Opportunity Act
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires institutions offering distance education courses or programs have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit. The HEOA requires institutions to verify the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using methods such as:

  • A secure login and pass code;
  • Proctored examinations; and
  • New or other technologies and practices effective in verifying student identity.

Additionally, the HEOA requires HCC to use processes that protect student privacy and notify students of any projected additional student charges associated with the verification of student identity at the time of registration or enrollment.

HCC NetID: Secure Login and Pass Code
HCC meets these requirements by assigning each student an HCC NetID; a secure login and password to access the college Learning management system and the college network. All students registering for a course through our administrative system are assigned unique identification numbers, which correspond with a specific username for each student. These usernames or accounts use Active Directory (AD) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to authenticate the user. Each student establishes and manages their password using the HCC Password Portal. The college Password Policy requires all students to change their password every 180 days.

In addition, the HCC email usage policy requires all faculty communication with students regarding HCC educational records and specific courses be conducted via the official HCC email account, which also requires a secure login. Access the HCC Email Usage Policy.

More information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act, can be found at The U.S. Department of Education site:  http://www.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea08/index.html.

HCC Privacy Policy and Fee Notification
HCC maintains and publishes a Privacy Policy to meet the requirements of the HEOA.
Using HCC’s WebAdvisor registration portal, students are notified of any associated course fees at the time of registration. However, there are no additional costs associated with authentication of student identity at HCC.