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Academic Honesty & Plagiarism: SafeAssign-Plagiarism Prevention

Information on how students can use SafeAssign to check their draft papers.

What is SafeAssign & how does it work?

What is SafeAssign?

SafeAssign is a component within Blackboard Learn that is used to detect unoriginal text in student papers. The paper is checked against multiple sources (paper repository, databases, etc.). After the paper is submitted to SafeAssign an Originality Report is generated that highlights areas that could potentially be considered plagiarized. It is important to note that just because SafeAssign highlights an area that does not mean it is plagiarized.

Instructors can incorporate SafeAssign assignments directly into their Blackboard Learn courses.

What happens when I submit a paper to SafeAssign?

University Libraries offers students the opportunity to have their papers submitted to SafeAssign as drafts. The library will submit the papers for the students and have a SafeAssign Originality Report created. It may take up to 48 hours to generate the Originality Report. Once the report is generated the library will schedule an appointment with the student to go over the report. The appointment can last from 10-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the paper and the report. The librarian will explain the report and answer questions the student may have about citations, they WILL NOT provide writing assistance. For writing assistance please visit the Writing Commons located on the 4th floor of University Libraries.

How do I submit my paper to SafeAssign?

If you are a student and would like to submit your paper to University Libraries to check in SafeAssign please login to SafeAssign here. Papers must be less that 25 MB and acceptable file types are: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt. It may take 48 hours (Monday-Friday) to receive a report. Papers that are submitted after 5pm, Monday-Thursday will be uploaded to the program the following morning and papers submitted after 5pm on Friday, will not be run until Monday morning. For example, if you submit a paper on Friday at 5:30, it won't be put into the system until Monday morning and that is when the 48 hours start. The system is very busy at the end of the semester so please plan ahead. If you have questions about the process please email

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