SafeAssign Plagiarism Detection Service

What is SafeAssign?

SafeAssign, is a plagiarism detection service that evaluates the originality of students’ work by comparing their electronic documents to online sources and the SafeAssign databases.

How do I Get Access to SafeAssign?

The SafeAssign service is available to faculty through the myCourses learning managment system (Blackboard) only. If you would like to use SafeAssign and you do not have an active myCourses site, please submit a request at http://ithelp.umassd.edu.

How Does it Work?

Once a paper has been submitted to the database, an originality report is generated that highlights text matches to other documents. Faculty will then need to review and evaluate the report to determine if plagiarism is present.

Syllabus Statement (IMPORTANT)

(adapted with permission from University of Massachusetts-Amherst Library)

If you plan to use the SafeAssign service for assignments in your course, you will need to add one of the following statements to your syllabus.

If you plan to use the plagiarism detection services for all assignments in your course, include this paragraph in your syllabus and review it during the first class meeting:

As a condition of continued enrollment in this course, you agree to submit all assignments to the SafeAssign services for textual comparison or originality review for the detection of possible plagiarism. All submitted assignments will be included in the UMass Dartmouth dedicated databases of SafeAssign assignments. These databases of assignments will be used solely for the purpose of detecting possible plagiarism during the grading process and during this term and in the future. Students who do not submit their papers electronically to the selected service will be required to submit copies of the cover page and first cited page of each source listed in the bibliography with the final paper in order to receive a grade on the assignment.

If you plan to use the plagiarism detection services for selected suspect assignments, include this paragraph in your syllabus and review it during the first class meeting:

Students should be aware that suspect assignments (e.g., those without drafts, without works cited pages, or with large departures in style) will be submitted to SafeAssign by the instructor for the purpose of detecting possible plagiarism. Submitted assignments will be included in the UMass Dartmouth dedicated databases of assignments. These databases of assignments will be used solely for the purpose of detecting possible plagiarism during the grading process during this term and in the future. Students must provide an electronic copy of their assignment to the instructor for submission to the service when plagiarism is suspected, in order to receive a grade on the assignment and to avoid possible sanctions.

Further Information on Creating and Grading SafeAssignments

 

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