Faculty Use of Turnitin

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New York Institute of Technology has a license agreement with Turnitin, a cloud-based online service that can be used to detect and prevent plagiarism in student assignments. Student work is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as they are educational records and may contain personally identifiable information (PII).

All faculty choosing to use Turnitin or any other plagiarism detection services must notify students on the official course syllabus:

  • Of the use and purpose of Turnitin.
  • Of the rights of the student to not submit personally identifiable information (PII) to Turnitin. Personally identifiable information (PII) includes the student's name, social security number, and/or New York Tech Student ID number.
  • Students must be informed that not submitting PII to Turnitin will have no impact on their success in the class.
  • Faculty will insure students' privacy while carrying out the verification process of student work for academic honesty by removing all personally identifiable information.

If a faculty member personally submits student work to Turnitin or other plagiarism detection sites, the faculty member must remove all personally identifying information from the work. As stated above, PII includes the student's name, social security number, and/or New York Tech Student ID number.

If a faculty member receives information from Turnitin that leads the faculty to judge that a student has plagiarized, the faculty member must follow the Academic Integrity policy or applicable departmental policy concerning academic integrity or professionalism.

Faculty may not give viewing permissions to any student work containing personal identifiers to a faculty member from any other institution. All requests from faculty at other institutions should be forwarded to the Office of the Provost.