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Preventing Student Plagiarism: A Guide for Faculty

What is SafeAssign?

SafeAssign™ is a plagiarism prevention service offered by Blackboard. Instructors can set up SafeAssignments in their Blackboard courses and let students submit papers to these assignments. As students submit papers, they are checked against SafeAssign's comprehensive databases of source material.  The papers will then be delivered to instructors through the Blackboard Learning System together with the originality reports, with the results of the matching process, attached to them.

Learn more about SafeAssign at the official Blackboard Help site.

When students submit a Blackboard written assignment for an instructor using the new text-matching software they will see the following:         

This assignment uses SafeAssign, a tool that detects and defer academic dishonesty by comparing your submission against common databases, the Internet, and work submitted by other students. SafeAssign is intended to educate students about the appropriate use of citations. You can protect your own work by optionally adding your documents to the Global Reference Database. Please see your instructor for details.Visit the UC Libraries' CampusGuides for information on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

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