Online Education Complaint Process

The W seeks to resolve concerns and complaints fairly and in a timely fashion. Current or prospective MUW students who have a complaint may submit their concerns to the appropriate department as described in Section 7.4 Student Complaint Procedures ( of the MUW Student Handbook. Students should exhaust internal avenues of complaint resolution prior to pursuing external options.

If a complaint cannot be resolved through the internal complaints process, students may file a complaint with the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation using the MCCA Student Complaint Form ( within two years of the incident. If the complaint is outside of MCCA’s jurisdiction, it may be directed to another agency that is authorized to address the concerns, if appropriate.

Mississippi students taking online courses may also contact the Attorney General:

Mississippi Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General
State of Mississippi
PO Box 22947
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2947
Mississippi Consumer Protection Complaint Form

Students may also send concerns to the MUW's regional accrediting agency, SACSCOC, should a complaint not be resolved through the internal complaints process.  The complainant should follow the policy and procedures outlined in SACSCOC Policy Statement: Complaints against SACSCOC or Its Accredited Institutions (

Students may also contact the appropriate agency in their state of residency. Please use the link below to access a list of agencies, organized by state.


Scheduling a Proctored Exam Online or Face-to-Face

Students in online classes may be asked to take one or more proctored exams over the course of the semester. During a proctored exam your proctor will request to see a photo ID and will observe you and your environment during the test, either in person or over a webcam feed. The W provides access to face-to-face and online proctoring options and students are also welcome to make arrangements for face-to-face proctoring in their home communities if the prospective proctor fits the criteria laid out by their instructor. The cost for proctoring services varies depending on which option you choose, but please be aware that you will need to cover any costs associated with your proctored exams. The W uses Smarter Proctoring to help you locate a proctor and schedule your test date from right inside your Canvas course. If you have trouble with Smarter Proctoring you can contact them for assistance here.

Face-to-Face Proctoring Options

Students who live near The W campus may wish to take advantage of the FREE face-to-face procoting available for our students in the Student Success Center in Reneau Hall. To register, click on the Smarter Proctoring link in your Canvas course navigation menu and select the MUW Proctoring Center to view available dates and times. Please be aware that the W's proctoring center requires students to register at least 10 days in advance of their preferred testing date. If you have questions about the campus proctoring center please contact them at (662) 329-7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do not live near campus, your instructor may allow you to choose a face-to-face proctor in your own area. This could be a university or professional testing center, a librarian, a military officer, or other trusted individuals. To locate a proctor near you click on the Smarter Proctoring link in your Canvas course naviation menu and search by zipcode. Please be aware that most proctoring centers charge fees for their services and that you will be responsible for paying those fees. Fees vary by location but you should be able to compare the costs for different centers in Smarter Proctoring before you make your selection.

Online Proctoring Option

Students who do not live near a face-to-face proctoring center or who need greater flexibility in scheduling their test time may want to take advantage of our online proctoring partnership with Examity. During an online proctoring session you will take your exam on your own computer at a location of your choice while interacting with a live proctor over a webcam feed. You will need to have a strong internet connection, a webcam, and a working microphone and speakers to take advantage of this option. The built-in microphone and camera on most laptops should work fine for this purpose or you can purchase a separate webcam and microphone if needed. Please be aware that Examity's online proctoring fees are based on the amount of time it takes for you to complete your exam. The current rate is $10 for the first 30 minutes and $5 for each additional 30 minutes required for you to complete the exam. You are responsible for paying for any equipment and fees necessary for online proctoring if you choose to use this service. Detailed instructions about how to use Examity for online proctoring continue below.

How to Reschedule a Register Blast Exam?

If you have scheduled an exam using Register Blast and now need to reschedule, see the following article on How to Reschedule an Exam with RegisterBlast.




Online Student Services

Financial Aid

A college education should be affordable. That's why the Office of Financial Aid works with you to find ways to pay for your education. Visit the Financial Aid website.

Leadership Program

The W Leadership Program is a rich and academically challenging leadership program. The program teaches students the commitment, knowledge, and values that will enable them to blaze new trails in their chosen paths. . View The W Leadership Program.

Student Organizations

Involvement in a campus organization can significantly contribute to a student’s total education. Through engagement in these organizations, students can meet new people, develop communication and leadership skills, find their passion, and enhance their campus experience. View student organizations at The W.

Counseling Services

All enrolled W students are eligible for using the services provided by Counseling Services. Visit the Counseling Center website.

Career Services

If the goal of your degree is to find a career in your chosen field, then The W's Career Services can help. Learn more about turning your major into a career, improving your resume, and tips for the job search process. View the Career Services website.

Online Academic Support

No matter where you are, you are part of the Long Blue Line. The W believes you should receive the support you need to complete you degree. The university has resources available to help you achieve your goals while studying online.

Student Success Center

The SSC is a place where all students can come to receive advice, feedback, and strategies in various academic areas. Our mission is to provide students with the necessary tools for academic success at the W and beyond. Visit the Student Success Center website.

Tutoring Services

Need a little help with a difficult class? Peer Tutoring is available for dozens of the most common courses. View Peer Tutoring Services.

The W Writing Center

If you need someone to help you proofread a paper or find the right formatting for your class, The W's Writing Center can help. The center can even set up a one-on-one session via Skype or Google Hangouts to help you. View the Writing Center website.

Disability Services

The W is a place for everyone and welcomes students with disabilities. Work with the Student Success Center to find the accommodations you need for your education. View the Disability Services website.

Career Services

If the goal of your degree is to find a career in your chosen field, then The W's Career Services can help. Learn more about turning your major into a career, improving your resume, and tips for the job search process. View the Career Services website.

Fant Memorial Library

Search digital databases and view online resources to help you with your academic research. View the Fant Library website.

Office of the Registrar

Have a question about transferring credits, withdrawing from a class, or what you need to graduate? This is the place for you. View the Registrar website.


Order your textbooks from the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Visit the bookstore website.


Connect to The W

Social Media

The W is very active on the most popular social networks. It's a great way to learn about what your university is doing and interact with members of the university community!

The W on Facebook

The W on Twitter @MUWedu

The W on Instagram @MUWedu

The W on YouTube

Visit The W

Located in the heart of the Columbus, Mississippi Historic District, The W's campus boast 23 buildings on the the National Register of Historic Places. The campus is 140 acres of beautifully manicured greenspaces and gardens with buildings dating to the 1860s. A member of our staff would be happy to take you and your family on a walking tour or a drive around campus on a golf cart. Schedule a Tour of Campus

Listen to WMUW online

WMUW 88.5 FM is the official radio station of The W, operated by students in the Department of Communication. You can listen to WMUW online! Listen to WMUW online.

Read The Spectator

For more than 100 years The Spectator has been the student newspaper for the university. The paper is published online, so you can keep up with what's going on with other students like you. Visit The Spectator website.

Show Your School Spirit

The W merchandise is available for purchase online through the Book End campus bookstore. Show your school pride with a tee, sweatshirt, or an Ody Owl hat. Visit the Book End website.