What Is It?

SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention tool, compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. Use SafeAssign to review assignment submissions for originality. SafeAssign is only available in Blackboard Learn course sites.


The SafeAssign plagiarism detection service supports the following file formats:

  • Microsoft Word documents i.e., files with .doc and .docx file name extensions
  • Acrobat documents: .pdf
  • HTML files: .htm and .html
  • rich-text files: .rtf
  • plain-text files: .txt
  • open office documents: .odt
  • zip files: .zip


It is highly recommended that students and instructors name documents submitted to SafeAssign using only alphanumeric characters, the period, the underscore, and the hyphen, and one of the aforementioned file types; for example or

In particular, using space/blank characters, quotation marks, diacritical marks, the pound sign, percent sign, and any other special characters should be avoided when naming documents for SafeAssign and for most any other Web-based/cloud computing application.

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Faculty

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Access SafeAssign via Blackboard button located on this page.

How Do I Use It?

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time Under 2 business days, unless in-person training/discussion is required, or escalation to the vendor is required
Incident Resolution Time Under 2 business days unless escalation to the vendor is required
Service Availability
Maintenance Window(s) Weekly maintenance window: Friday, 1:00am - 5:00am Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s)
Service Notification Channel(s) Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s). Direct emails to campus users. LMS Login Page: