Plagiarism Detection with SafeAssign

SafeAssign scans student submissions and checks to see if any part of their work was copied from the internet. If plagiarism is identified, SafeAssign generates a report listing potential sources where the information was copied from.

SafeAssign is built into the assignment tool in myCourses. This means that instructors must first create a myCourses site if they would like to scan their student’s work.

Watch the video below to see the myCourses assignment grading tool and SafeAssign in action.

Are you already having students submit their work in myCourses? If so, watch the video below to learn how you can enable SafeAssign for your assignments.

Instructors can also use the SafeAssign DirectSubmit tool in myCourses to scan student work that was not submitted through the myCourses assignment tool. Watch the video below to learn how DirectSubmit works.

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.