SafeAssign is Blackboard's plagiarism prevention tool. When a
student submits work through SafeAssign, it is checked against
several databases of source material.
The following types of files can be submitted to
.doc or .docx (Microsoft Word).
.odt (OpenOffice.org Writer).
.pdf (Adobe PDF).
.rtf (Rich text format).
.txt (Plain text).
.htm or .html (Web page).
Submitting a SafeAssignment
SafeAssignments have a green checkmark icon. Click
Click Browse to attach your assignment. Your
assignment must be an attached file.
Note: Do not use special characters (#, &, ?, =, etc.) in
your filename. Do not copy and paste your assignment into the
If you check the box next to I agree to submit my paper to
the Global Reference Database, you are volunteering to submit
your paper to this database. After your paper is submitted, it will
be included in future plagiarism checks for every institution using
SafeAssign. This deters use of your ideas by others without your
permission. If you do not check the box, your paper will still be
included in the institutional (University at Buffalo)
Note: If you are uploading to a SafeAssign Draft, the Global
Reference Database option will not appear.
To make sure your assignment has been submitted, go to
View/Complete again. If there is an exclamation point (!)
where your grade should be, that means your assignment has been
received. When your instructor grades your assignment, that
exclamation point will be replaced by a grade.
When your assignment has been processed and graded, go to
View/Complete again. In addition to seeing your grade, you
can also view the percentage of potential plagiarism, as well as
the report generated by SafeAssign, which details all instances of
potential plagiarism. Click on the icon beneath SA Report to
view this report.
Note: SafeAssign does not know the difference
between plagiarized and properly cited material. Even if you
use references, footnotes, or a bibliography, SafeAssign may
still flag quotations, resulting in a higher Matching percentage.
It is up to your instructor to read your SA Report carefully and
determine whether or not you plagiarized. They may also choose to
reprocess your assignment, excluding sources that match your
properly referenced materials.