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Turnitin (Academic Integrity)

Turnitin is an online plagiarism prevention software. It helps promote originality in student work, improve student writing/research skills, encourage collaborative learning, and save instructors time. Turnitin is integrated into UofM’s learning management system, Canvas, to make checking the originality of students’ assignments a seamless task. The information below provides resources on how to enable Turnitin in Canvas assignments, how to enable your Turnitin account (if you are not using the Canvas integration), and Turnitin’s new AI Writing Detection tool.


Where Do I Begin?

Update yourself with the current UofM policies regarding academic integrity. These are listed in the student handbook (PDF) and faculty handbooks.

Read the Faculty Legal Advisory Statement provided by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding Turnitin use by your students. You should also include this statement in your student syllabus:

Your written work may be submitted to Turnitin.com or a similar electronic detection method for rating originality of your ideas and evaluating the proper use of assignment sources. As part of this process, you may be required to submit an electronic as well as hard copies of your work. By taking this course, you agree that all assignments may undergo this review process. The assignment may be included as a source document in Turnitin.com's restricted-access database. It is solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. Assignments not submitted according to the instructor's procedures may be penalized or may not be accepted at all.” (Office of Legal Counsel, October 11, 2018) 


Enabling Turnitin in Canvas

Instructions to enable Turnitin in Canvas.


Enabling an account on Turnitin.com

If you are not using the Canvas integration, submit a Turnitin service request to have your account activated.


Next Steps

Learn the components of the Similarity Report within Turnitin

Note: When requesting the deletion of papers from the database you MUST have the following information: Instructor email, Submission ID Number, Class ID Number, and Assignment Name. To request a deletion of a paper in Turnitin, please use the Service Request System.


Turnitin's AI Writing Detection

Turnitin released the AI Writing Detection tool in April 2023 to help instructors detect the use of AI writing tools, including ChatGPT, in students’ written work using Turnitin’s Similarity Report. The short video below shows how AI Writing Detection works via the Turnitin Canvas integration.


Additional Resources

Turnitin has also created a AI Writing Detection FAQs to answer questions on how the Turnitin AI detection model works, how to access it, what the indicator and report show, etc.

Please note that for this release, AI detection will only work for long-form writing submitted in English. It will not process any non-English submissions. 

For additional resources, view Turintin's AI Writing Detection Feature Guidance document.