About Turnitin

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 (registrar@fielding.edu) for the institutional codes that allow you to set up your access.

About the use of Turnitin

The 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 serve.

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.

Accordingly, 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.

Please note 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 service provider.

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 (registrar@fielding.edu) for the institutional codes that allow you to set up your access.