Respondus is an application that allows you to create tests and question pools, offline, and then upload them to Brightspace. 

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are 2 parts of a virtual proctoring system that you can implement with tests and quizzes in Brightspace.

*** Please note:  Respondus Lockdown Browser & Respondus Monitor are NOT available in the SINC Sites or on the Virtual SINC Site.   And they require software must be installed on a student's personal machine. ***

Get Respondus - Faculty

Faculty can download Respondus from Softweb:

  1. Log into Softweb with your NetID username  and password to log in.

  2. Under Faculty & Staff Applications, select Respondus.

    • Be sure to download both the Win 10 / Win 11 - Direct Download  and the Respondus SBU License installer.  When they are both downloaded click on each EXE file in your downloads folder to run them. 

    • If you are prompted for a license for Respondus when you open Respondus 4.0, be sure to run the Respondus SBU Licsense installer.  This will automatically add the license and password needed to start using the Respondus 4.0

    • If your machine is managed by DoIT, you will need to call : 631-632-9800.   If your machine is managed by Hospital IT, call: 631-444-4357 (HELP)

When setting up online exams/quizzes in Blackboard, if you check the box "Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam", your students are required use the Respondus LockDown Browser. Students must install the software before they can take the exam. This custom browser prevents Internet searches, accessing notes or other applications on the computer, or copying the exam questions themselves, among other things. 

Early Exits in Lockdown Browser

1. If a student participates in Early Exit, when the instructor visits the Lockdown Browser Dashboard the early exit will be noted in the bottom left hand corner of the assessment (orange circle with a number in it.) The number in the orange circle will be in direct relationship to the number of early exits registered for the assessment.

2. When the instructor selects the drop down menu for the assessment that registers the early exit, they will see an option to "Review Early Exits.'"

3. Once this option is selected a list of the Early Exits for this exam will populate for the instructor. 

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor Uses the student's webcam to prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. Learn more about Respondus Monitor.

NOTE: Students will need access to a webcam for this tool. Respondus Monitor is not available in the SINC Sites or on the Virtual SINC Site.

Need more information?

Respondus provides the following training materials:

Respondus's Data Privacy Overview:

Respondus LockDown Browser - For Students

Students must install Respondus LockDown Browser before they can take the exam.

The download/install link is unique to Stony Brook University. Respondus Lockdown browser is not available in SINC Sites or on the Virtual SINC Site.

Download Respondus LockDown Browser - Students

Respondus Monitor

If an exam uses Respondus Monitor, students need access to a webcam. Learn more about Respondus Monitor.

Getting Help

The Division of Information Technology provides support on all of our services. If you require assistance please submit a support ticket through the IT Service Management system.

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Please Contact

Academic Technology Services

Respondus (For application assistance with Monitor & Lockdown Browser)