Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),
We are writing to inform you of an exciting new instructional tool that will soon be implemented at Fraser High School: turnitin.com. Turnitin.com is an online service used by many post-secondary institutions and secondary schools all over the country to help teachers provide high-quality, timely feedback on student work and assist students in revising written work. Turnitin also helps prepare students for post-secondary writing by guiding them to cite quoted work effectively to avoid plagiarism. This is a very effective way to discourage intentional and unintentional academic dishonesty as well as to help students understand plagiarism and learn how to be confident in their work and writing ability. As Turnitin.com is widely utilized in post-secondary settings, use of it in their high school classes will also familiarize students with the process and reporting of the service so they know what to expect when they need to use it in other educational institutions.
Students who use the turnitin.com service are required to create an academic account and submit their work for their personal review, teacher feedback, and grading. The program stores all student work in a database against which future work can be compared. This process will assist students in avoiding plagiarizing as well as stop other students from taking credit for the work of their peers. This feature of the Turnitin.com service also discourages students from turning in the same assignment for two different classes, which is another form of academic dishonesty.
Turnitin.com’s user agreement requires parental permission for students under 18 years of age in order to use their services. Therefore, we are asking all parents/guardians to review the turnitin.com user agreement (https://turnitin.com/agreement.asp). Please note that turnitin.com does not store student names or any demographic information in their database and is compliant with all student privacy laws.
Also, any student wanting their writing removed from the turnitin.com database after submission can request to do so. If you want your child utilizing this service, please fill out this form. Permission will be considered to be granted if you fill out this form.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.
Fraser High School: Mr. Ryan Sines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-439-7295