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Creating a Safe Assignment


In this document you will learn about:

Creating a Safe Assignment

Reviewing the SafeAssignment

Understanding the SafeAssignment Report


Creating a Safe Assignment

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. If you have used SafeAssignments in the past, be aware that the process for creating them has recently changed.  Instead of creating a separate content item, SafeAssign is now integrated into the standard Assignment.

To create a Safe Assignment:

  1. Access the content area where you want the SafeAssignment to appear.

  1. Hover your mouse cursor over the Assessments button, then choose Assignment on the drop-menu.


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  1. Provide a name, point value and instructions for the Assignment, then expand the Submission Details section.

    There are three options that are SafeAssign specific: “Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign,” Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts,” and “Exclude submissions”. These options are explained below.



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  • Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign: Checking this box enables plagiarism checking against SafeAssign’s various databases.

  • Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts: This setting determines whether students can view the originality report generated for their submitted paper. By default, this option is not enabled

  • Exclude Submissions: The “Exclude submission” setting in SafeAssign allows a student’s submission to be checked for plagiarism, but will not save the submission in the SafeAssign database for future referencing. This option is useful for allowing students to submit a draft of their papers. 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.

  1. After all the options are correct, press Submit. The next page should display a green confirmation banner.


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Reviewing the SafeAssignment

  1. Go to the Grade Center for your course.


  1. The Grade Center column for the Assignment 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.


  1. Click the attempt on the drop-menu.

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



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


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Understanding the SafeAssignment Report

The SafeAssign report is divided into three sections:

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

  1. 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.

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

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