Maintaining Ethical Standards… the Easy Way: SafeAssign

Barry Faculty:

As lawyers, you know that legal practice is regulated by the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. One of the most important facets of the legal field is ethics. This doesn’t just cover practice — this should extend to coursework in law school. Plagiarism is taken seriously at Barry, but we don’t all have fact-checkers sitting around to proofread every assignment that comes through. This is where SafeAssign comes into play.

From the student side, it looks just like any other assignment. Submission is easy and a score report gets sent right to their professor. From the faculty side, it is simple to use and offers many options to make the grading process so much easier.

SafeAssign is a plagiarism-checking software you can access through LexisNexis Blackboard. It has a massive repository of information it checks student assignments against. “SafeAssignments” are set up with various customizations such as a view counter and Blackboard Announcements. Within a minute or so after a student submits their assignment, a score report is generated. These reports highlight information that may be plagiarized and provides a source. It is important for you to double-check these for accuracy, but the report makes the work much easier, linking directly to the source text so you can reach a verdict. Any sources you do not want to include can be removed so a more accurate score is provided.

SafeAssign is an excellent tool — you can even use it to upload your own work to SafeAssign to prevent students all over the country from plagiarizing your work (this applies to students’ work too)!

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Never used SafeAssign or having difficulty using it? Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Faculty Development Committee Technology Fair on Monday, January 26th in LAC 311, starting at 1:15 PM. Librarians and library staff will be present to demonstrate this and a variety of other useful tools to make your courses run smoothly. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!

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