As part of our commitment to foster a culture of research integrity, we encourage our faculty mentors to check the originality of the work produced by their graduate students. To aid in this effort, currently we are using Turnitin, which is a web-based tool that checks for originality in a written work. As part of the Request for Oral Defense to do items, we encourage major professors to include a similarity report. Please refer to the instructions listed on the Preliminary Approval of Dissertation/Thesis and Request for Oral Defense (D5/M3) forms, http://gradschool.fiu.edu/students/#studentforms.
We encourage students’ major professors to run a similarity report; otherwise, we will contact them and their student (s) so we can run the report on their behalf. Besides this similarity report, by signing on the Oral Request, faculty do attest that the students’ work is original.
For assistance with Turnitin, please click here http://ecampus.fiu.edu/faculty-turnitin-plagiarism-framework.html.