Safe Assignments

SafeAssignTM is a plagiarism prevention service offered by and included within Blackboard. SafeAssign assists in detecting unoriginal content in submitted papers. 

SafeAssign uses text matching software to detect unoriginal passages of text and flags them as potential instances of plagiarism. 

Make sure your students know that SafeAssign will only accept .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .pdf, .rtf and .html files and that papers with images must not exceed 2MB or the submission may fail

How Do I Set Up a SafeAssign Project? PDF image
In a Blackboard course, faculty can set up SafeAssign to allow students to submit either draft or final assignment papers. To allow students an option of submitting a Draft Safe Assignment before the final Safe Assignment, you must set up two (2) separate Safe Assignments; the first with the Draft option checked and the other leaving the Draft option unchecked.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have used the "Course Copy" option for your current course or have Imported your course from a previous course Safe Assignments MUST be synchronized to re-link assignments to the current course. If you do not synchronize the course students will have issues when trying to submit assignments.To synchronize:

Go to Control Panel, Course Tools, SafeAssign. Select SafeAssignments then on the next screen click to select "Synchronize this course" when complete have students to re-submit their Safe Assignments. 


How Do I Use the Direct Submit in SafeAssign?
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Direct Submit allows instructors to upload papers directly without student involvement (accommodates those "out of the ordinary" type of situations). Before submitting a document through Direct Submit, the document must be saved locally. You can either upload the file into Direct Submit or use copy/paste to add text directly in the editor.  

Direct Submit

How Do I Interpret the Report From SafeAssign? PDF image
This document will explain how to interpret the report that is received from a SafeAssign submit.

How Do I Review and Grade A SafeAssign Project?
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Once students have submitted their assignments in SafeAssign the instructor may review the assignment, report and grade the project.

Grading a student's submisson, I am attempting to attach a file with feedback and receive an error that I am "Not Logged In" to Safe Assignment?

If you receive an error when you attempt to submit an attachment when grading a Safe Assignment indicates that your browser security settings are set not to allow 3rd party cookies.

You need to change your browser security Privacy setting to allow and and retry.

The video below shows how to change browser settings in Firefox

How Do I Clear A SafeAssign Attempt for a Student? PDF image
To allow a student to resubmit a SafeAssign project you must clear the attempt from Blackboard

Watch "how to"

How Do I Download SafeAssign Projects Submitted?

  • Go to Control Panel; Course Tools; SafeAssign
  • On the SafeAssign window click to select Safe Assignments.  The Safe Assignment projects are listed.
  • To the right of the project click the chevron (down arrows) and select View Submissions
  • To select all student submissions, place a check mark to the left of the Student ID column or select individual students
  • Click Download All Submissions near the top of the window. This will download the submissions as a zip file and allow you to save locally.

Repeat above for each Safe Assignment project you have in the course 


 "Quick Tips for Faculty" PDF image

Blackboard: Safe Assignment presentation

This video is an archived Wimba Classroom tutorial presentation introducing Blackboard 9.1's Safe Assignment features. (32 minutes)