How can a merchant be sure that students don’t share accounts?

Students do not need to register accounts with the InAcademia Service in order to benefit from the services that retailers offer; instead, they will simply use their institutional credentials to verify their affiliation status using the principles of federated login. InAcademia redirects users/students to the authentication service of their university or institution. By entering their credentials they prove themselves to be legitimately affiliated with that institution. If a user were to share their university credentials with another individual, they would break fundamental security policies at their registered institution, and their course membership would be at risk.

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