This guide will walk you through the process of creating an assignment using SafeAssign, a plagiarism detection program which compares student submissions against previously submitted papers and Internet sources.

To create a Safe Assignment:

  1. Access the content area where you want the SafeAssign link to appear.
  2. Hover your mouse cursor over the Assessments button, then choose SafeAssignment on the drop-menu.

  3. Provide a name, point value and instructions for the SafeAssignment.

    There are three advanced options that are SafeAssign specific. These include "Draft," "Student Viewable," and "Urgent Checking." These options are explained below.

    Draft: The draft setting in SafeAssign allows instructors to determine whether files submitted will be saved in the SafeAssign database for future referencing. This option is set to No by default, allowing all submitted files to be saved in the database for comparison against later submissions. If a student were to submit a rough draft under this setting, when they resubmit the final paper to be checked the system will find a near 100% match, as the paper would be compared to its prior version.

    For rough drafts, the Draft setting must be marked Yes. The rough draft submitted by the student will still be compared against the SafeAssign database of prior submissions and internet sources, but it will not be archived in the database for future checks.

    Because each SafeAssignment allows for only one submission per student, a new SafeAssignment will need to be created for final draft submissions. In order to avoid redundant point values in the grade center, rough drafts should be set to be worth 0 points.

    Urgent Checking: Student papers are evaluated against the database in the order in which they are submitted, and this queue includes submissions from all universities subscribing to the service. Evaluations are usually done within minutes, but can take longer during peak hours, such as at the end of the semester. Selecting Urgent Checking allows submissions to be placed at a higher priority within the queue.

    Student Viewable: This setting determines whether students can view the originality report generated for their submitted paper. By default, this option is set to Yes, allowing students to see any matches SafeAssign discovered from previously submitted papers and internet sources. When set to No, only the instructor has access to the SafeAssign originality report.
  4. After all the options are correct, press Submit. The next page should display a green confirmation banner.


Reviewing the SafeAssignment


To review a SafeAssignment submission:

  1. Go to the Grade Center for your course.

  2. The Grade Center column for the SafeAssignment will contain an exclamation mark for any student who has submitted an attempt. To view the student's submission, place your mouse over the student's cell and click on the options menu button.

  3. Click the attempt on the drop-menu.

  4. Click on the SA Report green check-box.

  5. The next screen will display the file report. An example report is shown below.

Understanding the SafeAssignment Report


The SafeAssign report is divided into three sections:

>> Paper Information displays author, file name, time stamp, and matching percentage information. It also includes functions to download and print the submitted file.

>> Suspected Sources displays the sources of matching content within the student's submission. Placing the mouse over a suspected source will highlight the matching sections within the Paper Text area. Clicking on the link of the suspected source will allow you to view the full original source in full.


>> Paper Text displays the full student submission, including citations for the suspected sources found by SafeAssign.