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Clark University offers Turnitin products to faculty teaching courses in our enterprise units – including the School of Management (SOM), School of Professional Studies (SPS) and International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). Faculty teaching other courses should contact their ATS liaison for more information.

Clark subscribes to two Turnitin products:

Turnitin Originality is a tool that allows students and faculty to analyze written work and checks for citation mistakes, inappropriate use of text from other resources, and accidental or purposeful plagiarism.

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a tool that helps faculty offer effective and efficient feedback on student papers by offering in-browser markup, audio feedback options, integrated rubrics and a library of frequently used comments. This also includes access to Grademark (a rubric tool) and  Peermark (a peer review tool).

Both of these tools are fully integrated with and accessed through Clark’s Moodle environment.

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Turnitin Originality is a tool that allows students and faculty to analyze written work and checks for citation mistakes, inappropriate use of text from other resources, and accidental or purposeful plagiarism.

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a tool that helps faculty offer effective and efficient feedback on student papers by offering in-browser markup, audio feedback options, integrated rubrics and a library of frequently used comments. This also includes access to Grademark (a rubric tool) and  Peermark (a peer review tool).

Clark University currently (Fall 2021) offers Turnitin products to faculty teaching courses in our enterprise units – including the School of Management (SOM), School of Professional Studies (SPS) and International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE).

While available to all faculty in Moodle, we ask that faculty teaching other courses contact their ATS liaison prior to using it in their undergraduate courses.

If you plan to use Turnitin in a course, we strongly recommend including a disclosure in your syllabus. Feel free to use the sample text below.

Some assignments in this course may be submitted to Turnitin via Moodle. Turnitin is a service that generates a report on the originality of your writing by comparing it with a database of periodicals, books, online content, student papers, and other published work. This report can help you discern when you are using sources fairly, citing properly, and paraphrasing effectively—skills essential to all academic work.

If submitting a paper to an assignment that requires Turnitin, we recommend that you submit it early enough to review your Turnitin report before the final due date. Then, if necessary, you will have time to ask for help from your instructor, TA or from the Writing Center or Library.

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com. 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. Students who do not agree should contact the course instructor immediately.

Click here for more best practices on using Turnitin.

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their syllabus if using Turnitin. Additionally, when submitting work to Turnitin through Moodle, you’ll be presented with a statement that outlines the use of the tool.

A high score in your Originality report could mean a number of things outside of having plagiarized. Commonly, students with high scores just need to more carefully include correct citations, paraphrasing or referencing of your resources. In this case consider seeking support

Less commonly, it’s possible that you submitted a previous draft or other work using similar text, someone else copied your essay and submitted it or if you worked with a collaborator, that the person who wrote your essay with you, plagiarized.

The Originality Score and Report are not a definitive indication of plagiarism and faculty need to interpret the work in the context it’s offered.

The rights to your work are always your own, whether or not your work is in the Turnitin content database. Student papers may be removed only by request of the class instructor. Also, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously affirmed that Turnitin’s archiving of work was not a copyright infringement because it falls within the fair use exception. Please see Turnitin’s Privacy and Security page for more information.