Turnitin Privacy and Security Information
Turnitin Accessibility Standards Compliance Information
Turnitin access is made available through D2L as described above and in the directions
provided below. Distance Education cannot provide support to faculty or their students
that use Turnitin through the www.turnitin.com website. We highly encourage faculty
to discontinue use through the www.turnitin.com website and begin using Turnitin through
D2L. Directions and resources are provided below and Distance Education staff are
available to assist you. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Turnitin and Your Syllabus
Faculty, please consider Turnitin's strong recommendation that the course syllabus
of each course making use of the Service carry a notice substantially to the effect
of the following:
“Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission
for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. 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. Use of the
Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site.”
If use of the Service is instituted after distribution of the syllabus, then consider
Turnitin’s strong recommendation that equivalent written notice is provided to students.
Requests for Full Text of Student Papers
Portions of student's papers that are found to be the same as other sources stored
in the Turnitin database will be highlighted and the sources identified in Turnitin.
When the source is another student's paper, from any institution, only the portions
of the paper that are the same are highlighted. Faculty and students cannot see the
full text of the source student's paper.
A feature within Turnitin allows faculty from any institution to request copies of
the full text of student’s papers from any institution. A review by the Office of
the Registrar, Information Technology Security, University Attorney, and Distance
Education has identified this feature as a potential student privacy, FERPA, and intellectual
Austin Peay State University has opted not to provide papers in response to these
requests. The portion of the paper in question that may be plagiarized is highlighted
on the student's paper and visible in the Turnitin Feedback Studio. This information
will assist faculty in determining whether concerns about plagiarism are founded.
Sharing additional information could be a risk with regard to FERPA and the student’s
right to privacy, right to determine what happens to their assignments and could create
intellectual property concerns. In addition, the paper content may be of a personal
nature and result in the sharing of the student’s personal information such as their
identity or other covered information in violation of the student’s FERPA rights.
Faculty can still leverage Turnitin for academic integrity without seeing the entire
paper. The paper section(s) that match content from the Turnitin database are automatically
identified within the tool. Please note, matches between student papers does not
necessarily indicate collusion or student-student plagiarism, but instead, it could
be that both students plagiarized or poorly cited the same resource. The features
within Turnitin can help faculty determine this possibility.