For help with Blackboard please contact Judith Lea in Business Education (BE207)
Procedures for Protecting the Privacy of Distance Education Students
Northeast Alabama Community College protects the privacy of all students, adhering to the same privacy standards for online students as it does for students studying on the campus, through strict adherence to the rules of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The official FERPA statement is available for student view on the college’s website, in the Catalog/Student Handbook, and in the Student Services Blackboard Shell. NACC issues a unique username and password to each student upon enrollment and each college employee upon date of employment that is required to access the Blackboard Learning Management System, the platform the college uses for distance education. Blackboard is a secure environment where faculty members post course materials, assignments and exams, provide chat and discussion forums for their courses, and where students participate in forum discussions, chat sessions, upload assignments, and take quizzes and exams. The privacy of individual students’ assessments and grades is maintained within the course management system. Anyone using Blackboard is required to have a unique username and password to access any course management resources. Faculty are restricted to accessing information associated with the specificcourses they teach. Students are automatically enrolled in courses through a batch process run by the Blackboard Administrator each semester and identified by their unique username and password. Students are restricted to information allowed by faculty members in courses for which they have enrolled and student-group related activities in a given course. Guest access to academic courses is not allowed. Course and user profile information is not visible to anyone without an account. Authorized Blackboard users cannot view the profile information of other users unless those users give permission. Secure Login and Password: Each distance learning faculty and student enters his/her username and password into Blackboard to gain access to authorized Blackboard learning environment resources. This combination of username and password identifies faculty and students to the system on each course visit. Upon initial login, students and faculty are given the opportunity to change their password. NACC keeps no record of the student’s password once it has been changed. A lost password link can be emailed to the faculty’s or student’s email address if requested by the student or faculty member.Students are responsible for keeping their password confidential.In addition, NACC uses an online account host (NOAH) to enable students to view their personal information, class schedules, final course grades, and transcripts. Upon admission to the college, students are assigned a unique username and password to access this information. Upon log in to their NOAH account, students are given the opportunity to change their passwords for security purposes. Passwords are stored on the AS400 where only authorized personnel have access to them.
Approved: October 14, 2014