Dal ends contract with anti-plagiarism site

September 6, 2011

Last week Dalhousie University announced it discontinued its contract with turnitin.com, an anti-plagiarism service, after the institution "lost trust in the partnership," says Dal's chief information officer. In July the university learned that student papers were being stored on US servers instead of Canadian ones as had been contracted. Dal is "moving quickly to replace that system with something else," the CIO says. The decision "has created a massive problem for faculty," says one professor who wrote to university administration expressing his dismay after learning that the turnitin subscription would end September 1. "For this decision to come just a week before classes kick off has left us over a barrel," the professor says. "It's not just that we don't have the software in place, we don't have any resources in place to help us." Toronto Star | CBC