Turnitin, an Internet-based plagiarism prevention system, is available for use by all SU instructors and students. If you are an instructor and you intend to use this system, it is strongly recommended that you give students a written statement regarding how you plan to utilize it in your classes. Below is a sample statement that you may use or revise to fit your needs.
“This class will be using Turnitin, a plagiarism prevention system. The ease of using the Internet has made it very easy for students to “cut and paste” material into papers that they are writing without proper citation. I will submit all/some/ papers that you write in this class to Turnitin, a service that identifies “matched text.” I will then interpret the originality report, based on your writing capability and writing style. In this class, you will also be given the opportunity to submit your own papers to Turnitin to check that all sources you have used are properly acknowledged and cited. Note that all submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.”
Additionally, Turnitin also has some helpful resources on preventing plagiarism that you may wish to check out and share with your students: www.plagiarism.org
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