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Support Academic Integrity

Proctoring helps support and enhance academic integrity — and the Purdue Proctor Pool is a resource for faculty, staff and graduate instructors in large classes who need help supervising exams. If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at: 


What do proctors do?

A proctor's main responsibility is to walk around the exam room, be alert and observant, and look for any signs of cheating. All proctors attend a training session to learn about common ways students cheat. If they observe any cheating, proctors will inform the instructor — they won't handle the situation on their own. Also, proctors won't answer questions about the exam, but will refer questions to the instructor. Proctoring's goal is to help instructors, not serve as a substitute for instruction or exam facilitation.

Proctors arrive 15 minutes before the exam (unless told otherwise) and wait for specific directions. When the exam is over, proctors can stay to assist as long as it doesn't extend beyond the time scheduled.

How do I schedule a proctor?

Please submit your request as soon as possible — even as early as the beginning of the semester. 

Email this information to proctorpool@purdue.edu at least 10 business days before your exam date:

Instructor's name, phone and email

Will you be present for the exam? (The purpose of the pool is to assist, not be a replacement for, instructors.)

Course number

Number of TA’s associated with the course you expect at the exam. (Course TA's should be utilized first.)

Number of students

Date of the exam and start/end times

Location of the exam

Number of proctors requested. (Limited proctor availability will allow no more than 1 proctor per every 50 students.)

When your proctors are assigned, you'll receive their names via email. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but sometimes the volume of requests exceeds the number of proctors available.

Are there any restrictions on the number of hours proctors can work?

  • Graduate students who hold half-time assistantships can work an additional 20 hours a week.
  • Graduate students with three-quarter time assistantships can work an additional 10 hours a week.
  • International graduate students holding quarter-time assistantships can work an additional 10 hours a week.

How do I sign up to be a proctor?

Email proctorpool@purdue.edu to request an application.  Applications will be screened and there may be additional paperwork required to establish you on the CIE payroll. Once accepted you must attend a training session which will be announced via email.