SafeAssign is an optional plagiarism education and prevention service available through Blackboard to all faculty, students, and staff. It supports a multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning about plagiarism. While some plagiarism may be deliberate, often it is unintentional and occurs for many reasons:

  • Forgetting to keep track of sources
  • Lack of clarity about how to cite sources
  • Not understanding the distinction between quoting, paraphrasing, and expressing original ideas
  • Differences between generations about what constitutes plagiarism
  • Cultural diversity may also factor into views on plagiarism

SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. SafeAssign originality reports provide detailed information about the matches found between a student’s submitted paper and existing sources. Both instructors and students can use the report to review assignment submissions for originality and create opportunities to identify how to properly attribute sources. Submissions are checked against public websites, ProQuest article research databases, University of Richmond’s institutional document archive, and a global reference database to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.

Details / Instructions

You can use SafeAssign plagiarism checking for any of your assignments.

  • On the Create Assignment page, expand Submission Details.
  • Select Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign.
  • Optionally, select one or both options:
    • Allow students to view the SafeAssign Originality Reports on their submissions.
    • Exclude all student submissions for this assignment from the Institutional or Global Reference Databases.
  • Complete the Create Assignment page.
  • Select Submit.
  • Note: Instructors may also directly submit a paper to receive an Originality Report or to submit it to the Institutional Search Database using the SafeAssign Course Tool.

See Also

Instructor guide for SafeAssign

Instructor FAQ for SafeAssign

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