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Anti-Plagiarism (SafeAssign) Instructions



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Background information

SafeAssign was rolled out in 2009/2010 as the University’s originality checking service.  It is important to note that it does not detect “plagiarism” as such, but instead matches text in student Assignments with other sources (including some resources on the internet, and other student submissions).  You can read more general information about SafeAssign here.

Using SafeAssign in Blackboard

It is up to individual lecturers to decide whether or not to give students the option to submit and view a draft Similarity Report so they can review their work, though the University recommends allowing students to submit a draft. To set up this function, please see the SafeAssign instructions page.

However, there are some circumstances (for example, where you need to re-submit a student assignment for some reason) where you need to submit the file yourself, and you can do this by using “Direct Submit“.

How to turn the SafeAssign tool on/off

If you have tried to use SafeAssign and found it missing, or received a ‘privileges’ error message, you may need to make the tool available again by following these instructions:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Customisation > Tool Availability
  2. Find SafeAssign  in the list and check its ‘availability status’.

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