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SafeAssign: The Plagiarism Prevention Tool


SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool that is integrated with myWPI and allows for online assignment submission. It prevents plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. SafeAssign compares submitted papers across the following sources:

SafeAssign creates an originality report for instructors for every submitted paper that details the results of the matching process. Instructors can then decide for themselves whether the flagged text in each paper constitutes plagiarism.

SafeAssign is an alternative to the Assignment Manager. When you use the SafeAssign tool for assignment submission, students see a statement alerting them to the fact that the assignment will be checked for plagiarism and they are provided with a link to WPI's Academic Honesty Policy.


Creating a SafeAssign Assignment

When using SafeAssign, assignments are created within a content area (such as Course Materials) and the submitted files are viewable and downloadable from the Gradebook.

  1. Click Edit Mode in the top right of your screen to access your site in Edit Mode.
  2. To set up an assignment, use the side menu to select a content area such as "Assignments".
  3. Select SafeAssignment from the dropdown menu Create Assessment.
    The Add SafeAssignment page appears with three sections.

Section 1: Enter Information

  1. In the Name field, enter the name of the assignment.
  2. In the Points Possible field, enter the maximum number of points students can earn on the assignment. This is the point value that is used for the Gradebook column.
  3. In the Instructions field, enter instructions or notes for the assignment.
  4. In the Available field, select Yes or No, depending on whether or not you are ready to make the assignment available to students.
  5. If you want to track how many views the assignment gets, check the Track Number of Views option.
  6. If you want to make the assignment available only for specific dates, set the start and end dates for the assignment in the Availability Dates field.
  7. If you want to allow students to validate their paper without submitting it to the institutional database, select Yes in the Draft field. This allows students to submit their paper once and generate a SafeAssign report, without adding it to the database of WPI papers. This feature might be used to help student learn proper citation techniques.
  8. Note

    If you use the draft feature, you must also create an additional SafeAssign assignment for the final version of the paper. The final version should have the Draft field set to No.

  9. If you want to enable Urgent Checking, enable it here. Urgent Checking sets papers to a high priority in the plagarism-checking queue.
  10. In the Student Viewable field, select Yes if you want students to see the report that is generated when their papers are submitted.

Section 2: Optional Announcement

This section can be used to add an announcement about the assignment to the Announcements page. If you want to create an announcement, click Yes in the Create field and add a subject and message.

Section 3: Submit

  1. Click Submit to finish creating the assignment. The completed assignment appears in your course as below.


The SafeAssign tool does not allow the instructor to upload a file when creating the assignment. If you need students to refer to a file when completing the assignment, you must post the file separately in the content area and use the item description to indicate that the file accompanies the assignment.

Grading Assignments


A complete guide to grading assignments can be found here: [link] and can be used to grade any SafeAssignment. Read below to learn how to check for plagarism using SafeAssign and grade simultaneously.
  1. Go to Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Each submission must be opened individually from the Grade Center. In the appropriate column, click the dropdown link next to the assignment you wish to grade and click on the attempt that you want to grade.
  1. Details about the attempt will open up. You can change the grade and comments from this page and see a percentage of the paper that was deemed suspicious by SafeAssign. Click on the check mark icon to get more details on suspected sources and text.
    • Text: Click the icon to view a student's paper and comments from the student.
    • File: Click the icon to view the actual file submitted by the student.
    • Matching: Indicates the percentage of the paper that matches other sources.
    • SA Report: Click the icon to view the full SafeAssign report. For information on interpreting the report, see SafeAssign Interpret Reports.
    • Submitted: Indicates the date and time the assignment was submitted.
    • Clear Attempt: Click the Clear Attempt button if a student made an error submitting the assignment and needs to submit again.
  2. In 3. Modify Grade, enter the grade for the student.
  3. Finally, you can return comments to the student by either entering them in the text box below Feedback to Student or attach a file below the text box.


Submitted papers are queued for checking in the SafeAssign tool. It may take several minutes for a paper to be checked. If you do not see a Matching score or a SA Report icon, the paper is still queued for checking. Check back later to get the information.


If you want to download all student papers at once, you can do so through the SafeAssign tool. However, you cannot download all SafeAssign reports and you will still have to view each report individually online. To download all papers:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > SafeAssign.
  2. Click View for the appropriate assignment.
  3. Click the Download button to download the files in one Zip file.
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