Today I spent some time with our university's legal council reviewing our contract with Turnitin. In the agreement, we noticed that our college should have a policy (or policies) for faculty and students that contain specific items:
- Consider Turnitin's strong recommendation that the course syllabus of each course making use of the Service carry a notice substantially to the effect of the following: "Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site."
- Faculty should not make statements to Students that the Institution is using the Service in a given class, when such class is not registered
- Within a particular class using the Service, for purposes of fairness and equal application, Turnitin strongly recommends requiring Student submission of all papers rather than submission by Instructors only of papers singled out by Instructor
- Institution also acknowledges that Reports indicate the possibility of textual matches only and that the actual determination of plagiarism is a matter subject to the professional judgment of Institution acting alone
We have created some "how to use Turnitin" guides, but do not have any policy statements included. Has anyone created one for their institution? Thank you!