The university began tracking attendance through the Wi-Fi on students’ phones and other devices in November after entering a $96,000, one-year agreement with vendor Degree Analytics.
VCU is using the software as part of a pilot program called RAM Attend. Three sections of freshmen and sophomore students were slated for inclusion. Of those, 2,414 opted out through a webpage offered by the university, leaving 1,633 students whose Wi-Fi signal could be tracked through any device used to register with VCU’s wireless network.
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