Service Summary

SafeAssign is a plagiarism education and prevention service available through Blackboard to all faculty, students, and staff. It supports a multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning about plagiarism. While some plagiarism may be deliberate, often it is unintentional and occurs for many reasons, including:

  • Forgetting to keep track of sources
  • Lack of clarity about how to cite sources
  • Not understanding the distinction between quoting, paraphrasing, and expressing original ideas
  • Differences between generations about what constitutes plagiarism
  • Cultural diversity may also factor into views on plagiarism

Submissions are checked against public websites, ProQuest article research databases, Mason's institutional document archive, and a global reference database to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.

Getting This Service

  • Instructors must log into Blackboard/Courses, open a course, and choose the location to place the SafeAssign link each time students are to submit a paper or assignment. The Originality Report on each submission can then be viewed by the instructor or teaching assistant in the SafeAssign or in the Grade Center.
  • Instructors may also directly submit a paper to receive an Originality Report or to submit it to the Institutional Search Database using the SafeAssign Course Tool.


This service is available 24/7. Outages will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.


All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.

Additional Information

  • By submitting papers, students agree to enter their document into the SafeAssign database and the SafeAssign terms of use.
  • SafeAssign accepts files in .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, and .html file formats only.
  • For more information, contact Learning Support Services at 703-993-3141 or email