UNITE Homework, Exams, Presentations and Colloquia

First, check your University of Minnesota email account regularly. That is the University's official means of communication and that is what UNITE uses.

Once our office enrolls a student into a UNITE section of a course, we begin sending instructions, information and updates directly to the student's University's email account.


Courses Exams Requiring Synchronous, Live Proctoring

For courses in which the instructor is holding in-class, proctored exams for those enrolled in the on-campus sections, students enrolled through UNITE are REQUIRED to take exams on the same day/same time as the students enrolled in the on-campus sections of the course with a UNITE-approved proctor (see Live Proctoring Requirements, below).

Any deviation from the same day/same time proctored exams for these courses - including the request to take the exams with the on-campus students - must be approved by the instructor.  UNITE will NOT grant these permissions.  Work out these arrangements with the instructor before the 100% refund period ends. 

Students who arrange to come to campus and take in-class, proctored exams with the students enrolled in the on-campus section of a course do not need to find/submit a local proctor - note that this must be arranged with the instructor to verify permission/space (enrollment in a UNITE section does not hold a physical classroom seat in the classroom).

Students are responsible for finding and submitting proctor information to UNITE to evaluate and approve. UNITE will contact all students enrolled through UNITE to initiate this process shortly after the semester begins.

Final Exams: Final exam dates are posted in the official University of Minnesota Class Schedule. UNITE will stream video on Saturdays. If you are enrolled in a UNITE section with an exam on a Saturday, you will need to have a proctor administer the exam. If you need to make other arrangements you will need to contact the instructor directly to seek approval.

Courses with Exams Not Requiring Live, In-Person Proctoring

For courses for which the instructors are using other types of exams - take-home exams, online exams (with an online proctoring service or without online proctoring service) - instead of in-class, proctored exams, there is no need for students who enroll in the UNITE section of a course to find and submit a proctor to UNITE for approval.

Live Proctoring Requirements

A qualified proctor MUST be:

  • A supervisor/manager or HR representative at your workplace
  • A librarian
  • A member of an educational institution or testing center

The UNITE Student and Faculty Engagement office will contact students in the first week of the semester about the proctoring process, requirements and for students to identify their proctors. As students enroll after that time, UNITE will work with those students as they enroll.

After UNITE approves the proctor(s), the student is responsible for scheduling their exams with their proctors throughout the semester.

Your proctor will be sent the exam at least an hour before the exam.  Be aware that some proctoring services must receive exams a week or more in advance. Many instructors cannot submit exams to UNITE in that time frame so your proctor should be made aware of this possibility. 

Please note UNITE can only email copies of exams/quizzes once we receive them from the instructor. We apologize in advance for any delays that may occur if an exam/quiz does not get sent to your proctor at the proper time. Exam Proctors are required to complete the UNITE Proctor Cover Sheet (.pdf with form fields) and return it with the completed exam to UNITE.

Only your instructor may grant permission to shift the time for an exam/quiz or come to campus to take the exam with the on-campus section - UNITE will NOT grant these permissions.

If permission is granted, inform your proctor so they may reschedule as well as the UNITE office. Failure to take the exam on the scheduled day and failure to get advanced permission from your instructor could result in receiving a zero for the exam or quiz.

More details about exam/quiz proctoring is in the UNITE Student Guide (.pdf).  

Live Student Presentations

For courses with required live presentations by students - individually or as a group - UNITE will work with the student(s) and instructor to provide a live webconference between the remote student(s) and the classroom in real time.  In some instances, UNITE-enrolled students are able to join the on-campus students in the classroom to present in person (though that is not required).  

For courses with required, live presentations it is best to note that commitment for the course with the instructor before the 100% refund period ends. 


Unless you are directed by the instructor to submit homework directly to the instructor or TA or submit through Canvas (the University LMS) or other means, all homework and projects should be submitted through the UNITE office. Please make sure the following information is on the cover sheet:

  • Full Name
  • Course Number
  • Assignment Number
  • Date

Use the UNITE Homework Cover Sheet:

Submit homework as attachments in PDF format to unite@umn.edu. We are able work with most versions of .pdfs - should we encounter a corrupt or unreadable homework file, we will contact you to find a quick solution.

For hand-written materials, please export or scan to .pdf to send to UNITE. If you do not have a scanner but have a smart phone or tablet, an app such as the free Adobe Scan work well for multiple platforms for converting images to .pdfs.

UNITE keeps a record of all incoming and outgoing materials for courses. Additionally, UNITE retains hard copy of graded materials for one semester following the semester in which you take a course through UNITE.

Seminar and Colloquia Attendance Forms 

Students who enroll in departmental seminars and colloquia through UNITE for credit need to complete an attendance sheet for each session they attend. These may be submitted either electronically (see online forms, below).

Online Seminar and Colloquia Forms: