SafeAssign allows students to submit files to the instructor and checks submissions for originality.
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.
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.
It is important to read the full report to determine if the matching percentage is properly attributed.
This statement, provided by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, should be put into your syllabus if you choose to use SafeAssign:
All students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the university's academic integrity policies, available in the Undergraduate Catalog (http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/course/integrity.shtml) or the Graduate School Policies and Procedures Manual (http://www.grad.buffalo.edu/policies). Plagiarism detection software may be used by individual instructors or the institution to aid in determining the originality of student work.