Turnitin is an internet-based plagiarism detection service to which
Fielding faculty have access. The service is hosted at www.turnitin.com
and may be accessed by creating an account there. Faculty and students
may use Turnitin to assist in proactive prevention of potential
plagiarism or to assist in the detection of potential plagiarism.
Students: To register for Turnitin, see instructions on FELIX (login
required). To submit a paper, you will need to be associated with a
course, and have a course ID and enrollment password from faculty.
Faculty: To register for Turnitin, see instructions on FELIX (login
required) and contact the Registrar (email@example.com) for the
institutional codes that allow you to set up your access.
About the use of Turnitin
keystone of Fielding's success is academic and scholarly integrity. Any
blemish upon that integrity will damage the standing of our entire
institution among the community of scholars and professionals. It is
crucial, then, that we are zealous in our efforts to protect Fielding
from even the slightest lapse, intentional or accidental, in our
contributions to the various intellectual and professional fields we
Toward that end, Fielding has made available an important
tool available to students, faculty, and staff. Turnitin's Plagiarism
Prevention tool is an internationally recognized service, used by the
entire University of California system, every university in the United
Kingdom, and thousands of other institutions. Turnitin describes itself
as a plagiarism prevention program. While there are many scholarly
resources not yet included, the archives now exceed 4.5 billion pages,
and more than 40 million pages a day are added. That means that there is
a very good chance that copied material can be detected and the writer
of a paper who includes material from another source without giving
proper credit can discover that inclusion and make appropriate
citations. That is scholarship. Failure to provide citations is a
violation of scientific and scholarly standards, commonly known as
plagiarism, and cannot be tolerated. The request to subscribe to this
service by a group of faculty was endorsed by the Fielding Committee on
Academic Integrity (formerly Academic Honesty) and the Academic Council.
We were brought to this consideration reluctantly, but the evidence of
widespread plagiarism in graduate education is compelling, and Fielding
is not immune to this problem. We believe if our students know that this
service is available to our faculty, and that it is available to them
as well, that this will work as a significant deterrent.
all academic work submitted to the faculty of Fielding Graduate
University is subject to checking through Turnitin.com. The decision
whether or not to submit such work for checking is in the discretion of
the individual faculty member, and some may elect to not submit such
student work. Although it is not mandatory that faculty utilize this
service, if they choose to do so, we do require that faculty assessor
guidelines and/or syllabi reflect this choice and inform students that
they must provide electronic copies of their papers.
that any student who objects to such submissions and is subsequently
accused of plagiarism based on a hard copy of their work, bears the
responsibility for proposing an alternative means of verifying that
their work is original work in a manner satisfactory to the faculty
concerned/Academic Integrity Committee.
Students may also check
their own work prior to submission to the faculty, if they so desire,
either through their assessing faculty's account, or through the account
of a faculty mentor/faculty advisor.
Finally, everyone should
understand that work submitted for checking becomes part of the data
archive, and thus expands the resources for checking documents submitted
in the future. Such archived documents will not be distributed or sold,
and are thus protected from copyright infringement by Turnitin, the
Students: To register for Turnitin, see instructions on FELIX
(login required). To submit a paper, you will need to be associated
with a course, and have a course ID and enrollment password from
Faculty: To register for Turnitin, see instructions on FELIX
(login required) and contact the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
the institutional codes that allow you to set up your access.