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A: “SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service, offered by Blackboard. This service helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.”
A: An assignment must be set up as a SafeAssignment by the instructor. SafeAssignments are different from regular Assignments.
A: Instructors must enable the option when they set up the SafeAssignment to make it student viewable. To view your report, return back the “View\Complete” link in the assignment. On the report page, clicking on the green checkmark\paper icon will open the SA Report.
A: No, you don’t need your name typed on your paper, either on the title page, header or footer of your document. It is recommended you remove personal identifying information from your paper. You may however, type your name when you name your file.
A: Then you are consenting to release your personal identification to SafeAssign. Papers cannot be removed from the databases.
A: Yes, if an instructor suspects plagiarism, they can submit your paper. They will remove all identifying personal information from inside the paper prior to DirectSubmitting any paper.
A: Notify your instructor and they can Direct Submit a paper on your behalf.
A: No, you can’t opt out of submitting a paper in SafeAssign if your instructor has set up this type of assignment. It is recommended you fulfill all course requirements as outlined in the course Class Information and Schedule.
A: It may take several minutes to several hours, depending on the amount of papers submitted and traffic on the server.
A: Depending on how the assignment is set up, the databases are different.
A: No, this is entirely optional. A student does NOT have to select the box to submit to the Global Reference Database.
A: No, the only file formats supported are Word (DOC and DOCX), Plain text (TXT), Rich text format (RTF), Open Document (ODT), Portable Document Format (PDF), and HTML formats.
A: Each report will have a match percentage of text that is found matching against the databases. Each report should be carefully checked to determine if the matches are properly cited. If proper attribution and citations are present, then the paper is not plagiarized. SafeAssign may include correctly cited quotations and information in the report. SafeAssign is not absolute; papers must be checked by the instructor and student to determine if rewriting or proper attribution of text is required.
A: Please review the material posted by the Student Success Center.
A: You can self-enroll in a Student Success Center Blackboard course. Please check out this information on self-enrolling in the SSC course. In this course you can submit a paper and receive a SafeAssign report.
A: According to FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, education records may not be disclosed to third parties that identifies students without their consent.