Enabling Cookies in Internet Explorer

Students who are using Internet Explorer as their web browser to access UMass Lowell online courses may be getting "session expired" error messages when they try to login to their courses or take online exams. One way to fix this problem is to change the settings for "cookies" within IE. Cookies are pieces of information that a web site puts on your hard drive so that it can better serve users.

1. In IE, from the Tools menu, select Internet options.

2. Click on the Privacy tab. Then click on the Advanced button. You should see the following:

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If these settings appear, you will need to change them to prevent potential errors:

3. Check the Override automatic cookie handling box.

4. Click on the Accept radio buttons for First-party cookies and Third-party Cookies.

5. Check the Always allow session cookies box. After making these changes, the Advanced Privacy Settings should appear as follows:

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6. Click OK.

After you click OK, you will see the following screen:

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7. Click Apply, then OK. Restart Internet Explorer and login to your course as you normally would.