May 2014 Update
The SafeAssign originality report has been changed in the following ways:
- The report has been updated with a new look and feel. The report now displays multiple attachments.
- The email option has been removed. While viewing the report, you can "print to pdf" either natively or using a plug-in based on the operating system and browser combination that you are using to create an accessible PDF. Then, you can share the PDF in multiple ways, including secure email.
- Each source now has a color unique to the source. Text matching the source is highlighted in the unique source color. There are a maximum of 30 different colors. This matches the maximum of 30 different sources.
- By default, all citation source highlighting is on. Instructors can click Show/Hide All Highlighting to turn source highlighting off and on for all sources at once.
- The report layout has been improved for narrow screens. The report information and citations now appear at the top of the submission when instructors reduce the width of the viewing area.
- Instructors click Select Sources and Resubmit to determine which sources they want to include in the next report. By default, all sources are included. Instructors can clear the check box for each source to exclude from the results. This behavior is the reverse of previous releases.
- The page instructors are redirected to after resubmitting a paper has been updated to be more in line with the styling of the new report.
- During the redesign of the SafeAssign originality report, it became clear that the mixed script count was potentially showing misleading and confusing information. The mixed script count identifies the potential of multiple scripts used in an assignment to hide acts of plagiarism. It was discovered that the count was based on the number of words or sentences in the text and was only triggered by Cyrillic. The count should be based on all of the ways multiple scripts can be used to avoid plagiarism detection. Also, the areas where each script was used were not identified in the document and had to be manually located. For these reasons, while the originality report continues to alert you to any use of mixed-script characters within individual words anywhere in a submission, the word count will not be available until it can be accurate for all script combinations and all instances can be highlighted in the report.
To learn more, see SafeAssign Originality Reports.
January 2014 Update
This update resolves several issues and includes security enhancements to endpoints used by the SafeAssign Building Block. To accommodate these security improvements, version 3.0.5 of the SafeAssign Building Block will be mandatory.
As a result of the necessary changes to the service, older versions of the SafeAssign Building Block (prior to version 3.0) will no longer be able to communicate with the SafeAssign service. You must upgrade your SafeAssign Building Block to the latest 3.0 version by January 31, 2014 to maintain SafeAssign functionality.
If you do not upgrade to the latest 3.0 SafeAssign Building Block by January 31, 2014, the SafeAssign service will display the following error message to all users when attempting to access the service: “This version of SafeAssign is out of date. Please contact your system administrator.”
In addition, the IP address for safeassign.blackboard.com is changing on January 31, 2014. If your institution explicitly opens outgoing HTTP traffic to safeassign.blackboard.com by IP address, you will need to update your configuration to use the following IP address before January 31, 2014:
Port:TCP 80 and 443
There are no functional or workflow changes within the SafeAssign 3.0 Building Block release, and you are not required to make any changes other than upgrading your SafeAssign Building Block.
To learn more, see SafeAssign Release Notes.