What is SafeAssign?

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool and citation checking tool that is integrated within Blackboard. SafeAssign is designed to help you know if you have properly cited papers by flagging text found in other online sources and it is used to verify original works.

Safe Assignments are added in Blackboard by your instructor and are identified from other assignments by the icon displayed (a "green checkmark").

Assignment Selection

  • To submit your assignment select the "View/Complete" hyperlink to open the Upload SafeAssignment window

  • Once the Upload SafeAssignment window opens scroll down and to the right of "Files To Attach" click "Choose File"

  • Locate the file you want to submit, select (highlight) and click Open

Safe Assignment Issues

Blackboard Safe Assignment Unavailable Saturday,  April 26th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackboard has issued notification that Safe Assignment will be undergoing maintenance on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am until approximately 12:00 pm. Below is the notification received from Blackboard. Please be aware that submissions will be affected and error messages will be generated during this time.

Bulletin/Advisory Information:

"The SafeAssign central services will undergo maintenance that requires a service outage on Saturday, April 26, 2014 10am - 12pm US Eastern. 

For the first half hour, SafeAssign functionality will not be available and an error will be displayed to the user.  For the remainder of the maintenance window, papers will not be processed. Papers submitted during this maintenance window will be queued, and reports will be delayed until after the maintenance has completed.

I receive "not logged in" error when trying to submit my Safe Assignment project?

If you receive an error when you attempt to submit your Safe Assignment it may be your browser security settings are set to not allow 3rd party cookies. If this occurs change your browser security Privacy setting to allow Blackboard.com and SafeAssignment.com and retry. Watch the below video showing how to do this in Firefox. 

NOTE IMPORTANT: SafeAssign accepts files in .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, and .html file formats ONLY. Do not upload files in any other formats 

  • If the instructor has set the assignment as a "Final" you will see the option (checkbox) to include your paper in global database. Draft Safe Assignments do not have this option displayed.

  • Click Submit to finalize. Once submitted there is a brief waiting period until the assignment is checked and a Safe Assignment report is generated. Once the report is generated you will be able to view the report by selecting the assignment View/Complete option or view detail in MyGrades area. 

How Do I Submit a SafeAssign Project?  PDF image


How Do I Review a SafeAssignment Report, Feedback and Grade?  PDF image