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The Office of Online Learning (OOL) can help with core areas of compliance, such as SACSOC (identity verification) and ADA section 508 (accessibility).

Identity Verification

SACSOC 4.8.1 requires that the institution can demonstrate that the student who registers for the course is the same student who participates in and receives credit for the course. The primary means of demonstrating this at UGA is using a secure login (MyID/Password) to eLC. If you are using tools outside of eLC in your course, it is important to construct your activities in such a way that students are filtered through eLC as a method for satisfying the identity verification requirement. Another option for identity verification is to use online proctoring for assessments, which is done at an extra cost to the students. If you choose to use online proctoring in your course, you must ensure that notification of the extra proctoring fees is listed in Athena prior to the course becoming available for registration (see 5.b.2 in Academic Affairs Policy Statement 21).


Ensuring that all learners have access to digital content is foundational to the mission of the University of Georgia. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 applies to all web-based content provided by the higher education institutions and covers things like providing alternative descriptions for digital images or providing captions on videos. Our instructional design team can provide consultation for making digital content (e.g., HTML, PDF) accessible. Additionally, OOL has contracted with third party caption providers who can automatically post captions to any video hosted in the UGA provided Kaltura environment. If you wish to use this service, OOL will simply pass on the cost to the academic home in which your course resides. Here are current captioning costs:

  • 10 Day Turnaround: $2.11/minute
  • 4 Day Turnaround: $2.31/minute
  • 2 Day Turnaround: $3.06/minute
  • 1 Day Turnaround: $3.81/minute
  • Same Day Turnaround: $4.81/minute*
  • Two Hour Turnaround: $7.81/minute*

* Per file duration limit: 15 minutes and 5 minutes, respectively.

State Authorization

Many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its states residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens. We have a staff dedicated to understanding State Authorization and providing information to faculty, staff, and prospective students about it. Under state authorization law, the University of Georgia is compliant in the states listed in the state authorization section of this website.

E-mail us or call 1(844) 848-3294 with any questions you have regarding state authorization.
To learn more about state authorization for distance education, you can visit the Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) website.

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