SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool that allows your instructor to check the originality of a homework submission. SafeAssign automatically conducts the check by comparing your assignment against a database of other assignment submissions.


Submit an assignment using SafeAssign in Blackboard Learn: Original Course View

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about submitting an assessment using SafeAssign.

SafeAssign can only process files smaller than 10MB. If your submission is larger than 10MB, SafeAssign won't be able to process it.

If your instructor hasn't allowed multiple attempts, you may submit your assignment only once. Before you select Submit, be sure that you have attached any required files.

  1. Access the assignment. On the Upload Assignment page, review the instructions, due date, points possible, and download any files provided by your instructor. A message appears to let you know that your submission will be processed by SafeAssign.
  2. Select Write Submission to expand the area where you can type your submission.
  3. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer.

    -OR-

    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  4. Optionally, type Comments about your submission.
  5. Select Submit.

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.

View SafeAssign submissions

View your submission and the SafeAssign reports associated with it by accessing the assignment after you submit your paper.

This option is available only if allowed by your instructor.

  1. Return to the assignment you submitted previously.
  2. Under Assignment Details, select SafeAssign.
  3. View the overall match percentage that SafeAssign detected. If you have multiple attachments, SafeAssign analyzes each attachment.
  4. If your instructor allowed multiple attempts, select other attempts to view SafeAssign's analysis for that content.
  5. To learn more, select View Originality Report for an attempt.

More on the Originality Report


Submit an assignment or test using SafeAssign in Blackboard Learn: Ultra Course View

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about submitting an assignment using SafeAssign.

Your instructor is using SafeAssign if you see Originality Report enabled in the Details & Information of your assignment or test.

Assignments and tests using SafeAssign in the Ultra Course View don't require you to take any extra steps when you're ready to submit your work. SafeAssign automatically checks your work, including attachments and text responses, for matches to published materials.

When you open an assignment, you're informed if your submission is set to be graded anonymously.

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View SafeAssign submissions

SafeAssign starts processing your assignment or test as soon as you hit Submit. While the service analyzes your work, Originality Report in progress appears on the panel. SafeAssign creates an Originality Report for each part of your assignment or test, including text questions and attachments.

Your instructor decides whether you can see Originality Reports for your assignment attempt.

You can view the Originality Report before your instructor grades your attempt. Open the Details & Information panel and select View Originality Report. If your instructor allowed multiple attempts, SafeAssign analyzes all of your attempts separately. You can find the Originality Report for each attempt on the Submission panel.

If allowed by your instructor, the Originality Report appears side-by-side with your attempt. The top of the Originality Report displays the overall text matching that SafeAssign detected. Select an entry under Originality Report to view the full report.

More on how to read the Originality Report


Submit an assignment using SafeAssign in Blackboard Open LMS

Select the assignment to bring up the submissions area.

  1. Select Add submission.
  2. Upload your submission and select Save changes.

Only certain file types are accepted for SafeAssign assignments.

Creating a submission means you agree to the terms and conditions listed above the File submissions area. We provide a link to both the Blackboard Terms and Service and Blackboard Privacy Policy. We recommend reading through those two policies before submitting your assignment.