Respondus LockDown Browser (for instructors)

Respondus LockDown Browser is a special web browser that helps prevent cheating during in-person proctored online exams (that take place in a classroom or computer lab) . Students take the exams using Canvas, but cannot use other programs, take screenshots, copy, paste, print, or navigate to other websites while the exam is in progress.

Note: LockDown Browser cannot be used for remote exam delivery; it is available only for in-person exams.

Before You Start 

  • LockDown Browser cannot be used for remote exam delivery.
  • LockDown Browser cannot be used for take-home exams or quizzes.
  • If students will use LockDown Browser on personal devices or in a computer lab, contact the Courseware team at at least a week before the first online quiz/exam. 

Enable Respondus

Before your students can take quizzes/exams using LockDown Browser, it must be enabled for the course.

Day-of-Exam Troubleshooting

If students are having trouble opening the quiz/exam with LockDown Browser, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take on your own. You can also contact the Courseware team for assistance. 

We recommend having paper copies of the exam as a backup for students who are unable to open LockDown Browser or log in with two-factor authentication.


Contact: Courseware team