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SafeAssign

SafeAssign allows students to submit files to the instructor and checks submissions for originality.

About SafeAssign

SafeAssignments are similar to the Assignment tool except, SafeAssign is used to investigate the originality of a student’s work.

Results of a submission to SafeAssign are returned in an Originality Report, which shows text matches found in the SafeAssign databases with links to possible matches.

An Originality Report with a high percentage of matches does not prove that plagiarism occurred. This report along with other supporting information needs to be carefully reviewed. SafeAssign does not check all possible sources and it is not a panacea. It is up to the instructor to make the final decision as to whether plagiarism has occurred.

Creating a SafeAssignment

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Under Create Assessment select SafeAssignment.
  3. Complete page options.
  4. Click Submit.

It is not possible to make an existing Assignment into a SafeAssignment without starting from the beginning. Instructors may individually submit documents through SafeAssign Direct Submit.

Viewing Submissions

  1. Under the Control Panel select Course Tools > SafeAssign.
  2. Locate the specific SafeAssignment in the list and click View.
  3. Student Submissions will appear with the following columns for each submission:
    • Text: Select this option to view the student’s submission and comments.
    • File: Select this option to download the Student Submission.
    • Matching: The percentage listed is the percentage of the paper that matches other sources.
    • SA Report: Select this option to view the full Safe Assignment report.
    • Clear Attempt: Select this option to remove the submission.

It is important to read the full report to determine if the matching percentage is properly attributed.

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