What is SafeAssign?

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service offered by Blackboard.  This service helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.  In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content. 


SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are available with the SafeAssign service.


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Changes have been made to the SafeAssign Originality Report:

The SafeAssign originality report has been changed in the following ways:

  • The report has been updated with a new look and feel. The report now displays multiple attachments.
  • The email option has been removed. While viewing the report, you can "print to pdf" either natively or using a plug-in based on the operating system and browser combination that you are using to create an accessible PDF. Then, you can share the PDF in multiple ways, including secure email.
  • Each source now has a color unique to the source. Text matching the source is highlighted in the unique source color. There are a maximum of 30 different colors. This matches the maximum of 30 different sources.
  • By default, all citation source highlighting is on. Instructors can click Show/Hide All Highlighting to turn source highlighting off and on for all sources at once.
  • The report layout has been improved for narrow screens. The report information and citations now appear at the top of the submission when instructors reduce the width of the viewing area.
  • Instructors click Select Sources and Resubmit to determine which sources they want to include in the next report. By default, all sources are included. Instructors can clear the check box for each source to exclude from the results. This behavior is the reverse of previous releases.
  • The page instructors are redirected to after resubmitting a paper has been updated to be more in line with the styling of the new report.
  • During the redesign of the SafeAssign originality report, it became clear that the mixed script count was potentially showing misleading and confusing information. The mixed script count identifies the potential of multiple scripts used in an assignment to hide acts of plagiarism. It was discovered that the count was based on the number of words or sentences in the text and was only triggered by Cyrillic. The count should be based on all of the ways multiple scripts can be used to avoid plagiarism detection. Also, the areas where each script was used were not identified in the document and had to be manually located. For these reasons, while the originality report continues to alert you to any use of mixed-script characters within individual words anywhere in a submission, the word count will not be available until it can be accurate for all script combinations and all instances can be highlighted in the report.


Copying or Moving SafeAssignments to another course:

Why doesn't my SafeAssignment work after a course copy?
After performing a course copy or moving an individual SafeAssignment to another course, you may have to perform an additional step to activate the SafeAssignment in the new course.

  • In the Control Panel, select Course Tools.
  • Click SafeAssign.
  • On the SafeAssign screen, click SafeAssign Items.
  • On the SafeAssignments screen, click the Synchronize this Course button on the far right. This will establish the link between the SafeAssignment and the Central SafeAssign server
  • You will see a notice, "Please wait. This course is being synchronized with SafeAssign. The page will load as soon as the synchronization is over."
  • You will be brought back to the SafeAssign Items screen.

The synchronize function deals with breaks in communication or has been copied. Don't be afraid to to periodically click the "Synchronize this course" button if any course level issues arise. By synchronizing, you can ensure the correct associations exist between the course and the SafeAssign central database.