The following statement sets out how Turnitin is to be used within the Language Centre and the terms by which students agree to use Turnitin.
Students agree to ensuring they have read and understood both:
the School’s Regulations on Assessment Offences and
the Language Centre local guidance relating to academic writing, including referencing, citation and paraphrasing (see below).
The Language Centre agrees to use Turnitin as a student academic writing development tool by providing students access to their Turnitin similarity report and score (%) for at least one of their formative essay-based assessments for every year of their studies in our literature and/or linguistics courses. These are: LN115 Intercultural Communication, LN250 English Literature and Society, LN251 Comparative Literature and 20th Century Political History, LN252 Contemporary Literature and Global Society, LN253 European Literature and Philosophy, LN254 Literature and Aspects of Ethics, LN270 Society and Language: Linguistics for Social Scientists, and LN370 Discourse and Communication.
We will use Turnitin as a student academic writing development tool in all our degree courses that are taught and assessed in English. We will also use Turnitin as a student academic writing development tool in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Writing Courses (LN991-LN997). We will not use Turnitin in our language degree courses (French, German, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish) because the emphasis in these courses is on use of language.
The Language Centre agrees to provide its students with support and training in the use of Turnitin through centrally offered support and training provided by LSE LIFE. LSE LIFE provides a three-tier approach to training (Online/self-access materials, Workshops and One-to-one support). Please contact email@example.com for details on training in the use of Turnitin.
Students agree to use Turnitin on the basis prescribed by the Department in this statement.
Students should be aware that where Turnitin is used within the Department, it is applied universally (i.e. to all submissions within a specific assessment or not at all - blanket use). However, where Turnitin is not used, it is acceptable for a marker to request that an individual student’s paper is uploaded to Turnitin if they have serious concerns and suspicions of academic misconduct. Equally, a marker can request that all students’ submissions within a cohort are uploaded to Turnitin if they suspect unacceptable collaboration (collusion) within the cohort.
Students need to be aware that academic judgement is the first indicator of academic misconduct and that either a high or low percentage score (%) can be equally investigated. Therefore, there is no similarity score (%) threshold (whether low or high) within the Department that excludes them from an initial investigation.
As stated in the Conditions of Registration:
“Copies of all papers submitted to the software will be retained as source documents in the iParadigms reference database (held in the US) solely for the purpose of text matching against future submissions. Use of the Turnitin UK service shall be subject to such Terms and Conditions of Use as may be agreed between iParadigms and LSE from time to time and posted on the Turnitin UK website.”