YOUR PAPER, YOUR RIGHTS

It is your right to refuse to submit your work to Turnitin.com, even if your instructor requests you to do so. Turn it down, don’t turn it in! Also, instructors are obligated to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • If your instructor chooses to have written assignments submitted to Turnitin.com, he or she must state as such in the course outline. They are also required to include one of the two following statements:
    • “Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must, by the end of the second week of class, consult with the instructor to make alternate arrangements,” or
    • An outline of the details of alternate arrangements including the deadlines for consultation with the instructor concerning the use of these arrangements.
  • Your course outline should thus include a statement to reflect the option to opt out, as well as your requirement to consult with your instructor by the end of the second week of class to discuss alternative options. For more information please read the following paragraph and refer to Policy 145 – Course Management Policy.

If your instructor requests that you submit your assignment to Turnitin.com and has failed to follow the Course Management Policy, please address the issue with your instructor promptly and notify CESAR.

MAKING ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS – YOU DECIDE

Some students have refused to submit their assignments to this anti-plagiarism device on the grounds that assignment submission enriches the American company’s value at the expense of students’ intellectual property.

Again, according to Ryerson’s policy, if you do not want your work submitted to Turnitin.com, you must notify your instructor by the end of the second week of class. You have to consult with the instructor to make alternate arrangements. Other arrangements may include anything from the submission of a draft or an annotated bibliography.

If you have any more questions about Turnitin.com or other academically-related questions, please contact:

Student Rights Coordinator
studentrights@mycesar.ca
416-979-5000 x1-7056