Accessing Safe Assign Comments


​SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service provided by eCampus (Blackboard). When you submit a paper to the SafeAssign service, it checks it for originality by comparing it against a database of other academic sources to identify matches between the submitted paper and existing works.

Note: SafeAssign Originality Reports are only available if enabled by the instructor.

Learn how to:

Submit a SafeAssign Paper:

Step 1:

Access the assignment for which the paper is to be submitted.

Screenshot of eCampus with the Assignments menu item highlighted as well as the assignment, SafeAssign Paper. 

Step 2:

On the Upload Assignment page:

  1. Type or upload your submission:​​​​
    • Select Write Submission to expand the area where you can type your submission;


    • Select Browse Local Files to upload a document.
      Documents must be in a format that is listed on the submission page. Other file formats will not be checked through SafeAssign.

  2. Optionally, type Comments about your submission.
  3. When you are done typing or uploading, select Submit.


If you select Save Draft, your changes will be saved, but nothing will be submitted to SafeAssign.

Screenshot of Assignment Submission area with Write Submission, Browse Local Files and Submit highlighted. 

On the Grade Assignment page, a SafeAssign section appears in the grading sidebar. While the report is processing, the following statement appears: Report in progress...

Screenshot of Review Submission History page with Report in progress highlighted. 

After you submit an assignment using SafeAssign, a slight delay occurs between the upload and the availability of the Originality Report. Results are normally available within 10-15 minutes.

Refresh your webpage to update the report status. When the paper is done being processed, you will receive an overall match percentage for the paper.

Screenshot of Review Submission History page with the overall match percentage highlighted. 

The SafeAssign Originality Report provides detailed information about the matches found between your submitted paper and existing sources. Students need to determine if the matching text is properly referenced. Investigating each match prevents detection errors due to differences in citing standards.

View your SafeAssign Originality Report:

Step 1:

Access the assignment you submitted previously.

Screenshot of the assignment details with the SafeAssign link highlighted. 

Step 2:

Under Assignment Details, select SafeAssign.

Screenshot of eCampus with the Assignments menu item highlighted as well as the assignment, SafeAssign Paper. 

Step 3:

Select View Originality Report.

Screenshot of the Assignments Details area with the SafeAssign area expanded and View Originality Report button highlighted. 

Step 4:

Review your Originality Report.

The report is divided into three areas:

  1. Submission

  2. Report Summary

  3. Citations

1).The submitted paper appears in the left panel of the report. Each source is highlighted in a different color, and all matching blocks of text are identified with a number and highlighted with a color.

Screenshot of originality report with boxes around the three sections: 1. the submitted paper 2. report summary 3. citations. 

2). Select View Report Summary to view the overall risk of improper citations in the paper.

Screenshot of the report summary. 

3). Citations show sources that match the submitted paper’s text.

  • Selecting a source type will allow you to learn more about the match.

  • For each source, a number appears which corresponds to the highlighted text in the submission.

In the Citations Panel, you can:

  • Select Highlight match to toggle highlighting.

  • ​Select Open matching source to visit the matching source text in a new window.

Screenshot of the report summary citation area with the internet source type open and the letter a near the Highlight match icon and the better b near the Open matching source icon. 

Step 5:​

Select a highlighted block of text to see information about the original source and the probability that the block or sentence was copied from the source.

Screenshot of the submitted paper with a highlighted match expanded to show the student paper and the original source. 

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