GSU verifies the identify of students enrolled in online courses through the use of a single sign-on protocol, that per Instructional Technology Services (ITS) policy,  requires student users to change their password every 120 days.  Online course delivery occurs through use of the GSU learning management system Blackboard. By using a single sign-on system students must use the university issued user-name and password to enter the course portal. Additionally, faculty teaching online courses are required to only use university issued email addresses or the university supported online learning system for all courses and communication with students. All faculty must complete FERPA training which requires them to verify that they understand and abide by all student identification and privacy rules.

The additional distance learning fee of $17 per credit hour is disclosed to students prior to enrollment via the university catalog (