Respondus is  a software that allows you to create tests and question pools  which can be uploaded into Blackboard. This software allows you to work offline and create your test questions and manage them so that they can be easily reused and and combined with other tests. Respondus allows you to take advantage of Blackboard's testing features and create reports on student performance.


Stony Brook University has a Respondus & Respondus Monitor Subscription.  Additional information and links to Respondus resources can be found below. 


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

Get Respondus - Faculty

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. 

Faculty download Respondus from Softweb:

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

  2. Under Faculty & Staff Applications, select Respondus. Follow the download instructions and install.** 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)

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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Academic Technology Services

Respondus (For application assistance with Monitor & Lockdown Browser)