How to set up Turnitin Assignments

The following article explains the process of creating a Turnitin assignment, which allows students to submit their work to a digital dropbox for marking and the generation of Turnitin similarity reports. All written assessments must be checked through Turnitin similarity reports before grading.

Educative approach to academic integrity and Turnitin

At Southern Cross University, students must ensure that they have correctly cited all sources as part of our academic integrity policy. As part of our educative approach, students are encouraged to use Turnitin similarity reports as a learning tool to support their understanding of academic integrity.

To enable students to use Turnitin as a learning tool it is important to: 

  • Make the assessment Start date (when Turnitin becomes available) to at least 2 weeks before the assignment Due date. 
  • Use settings that allow students to access their similarity reports immediately and continue to submit work until the due date. 
  • Talk to your students about similarity checking and how to practice academic integrity in your unit or discipline. 

There are excellent student support resources on Turnitin and academic integrity available from the Student Learning Zone. 

Creating a Turnitin paper assignment 

This video covers the end-to-end process of setting up an assignment in Turnitin, including the main optional settings:


Setting the due date

In accordance with the SCU assessment policy, the assessment Due date must be on a Monday at 11:59 PM (23:59) AEST (NSW time). See the Assessment, Teaching and Learning Procedures for more details.

If you are using Turnitin only for its text matching capabilities, and do not want to use it for grading or feedback, you can attach a Blackboard rubric to the Turnitin assignment column in grade center after the assignment has been created. Ensure that Turnitin does not include a rubric in this case, to avoid student confusion.

Checking the optional settings

The optional settings in Turnitin allow you to fine-tune the similarity reports, add grading rubrics and more.  You can choose to add special instructions for students or allow submission after the due date. Other sections are detailed below.

Note on due dates

Turnitin tracks the date of student submission so it is possible to track late submissions. If you don't allow submission after the due date then you will need to manually manage submissions from students who submit later work (including manually uploading their work to Turnitin) so you are advised to leave this setting turned on.

Similarity Reports

The optional settings provided under the heading Similarity Report support enable students to use Turnitin as an editing tool, and improve the use of sources in their writing. The default option (“immediately first report is final”) does not allow resubmissions, whereas the other two options (“immediately (can overwrite until due date)” and “on due date”) do allow for student resubmissions.  Similarity reports will be generated within 2-5 minutes the first three times the student submits work through the Turnitin assignment drop-box. However, on the fourth and subsequent submissions, it will take up to 24 hours for the report to be created. 

Submission settings for reports

The option Generate Similarity Reports for student submissions also controls whether a student can resubmit. SCU policy states that Turnitin settings must be set to allow students to check their work before submitting the final version, so ensure students are able to resubmit. In this way, Turnitin can be used as part of the educative approach taken to student academic integrity at SCU.  

When a submission is not being assessed

Where students are submitting drafts to determine their text-matching score,  ensure that the work is not stored in the Turnitin repository. To do this, under the option "Submit papers to:" select no repository. This will ensure that students avoid a high percentage text-match when they submit their final work through a different Turnitin drop-box. 

Online Grading

The online grading section allows you to use digital rubrics to provide marking, grading and feedback of Turnitin assignments. For information about the process of marking in grading using Turnitin, please see the article Creating a Turnitin rubric.


(Please note - it's better to refer to the Online version rather than export, as it's always up to date)