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Information for Current Students

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Faculty Ombudsperson: Dr. Anita Blanchard (

Student Ombudsperson: Jodie Lisenbee (

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iThenticate – New requirement for doctoral dissertations and scholarly projects

Beginning Fall 2019, the Graduate School will require all doctoral students to submit their dissertations to iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service. This tool checks documents against published items, so this process should educate and protect students from inadvertent plagiarism.

This must take place prior to the final defense, and doctoral dissertation committees are expected to review the resulting Similarity Report along with the final, pre-defense draft of the dissertation. Committee members will now sign the Final Defense Report not just to indicate that the student has passed his or her final defense, but also in order to verify the originality of the dissertation.

Visit the iThenticate tab under Current Students on the Graduate School webpage to learn more. Training videos are available there for students and faculty.

For further information please contact Dr. Aura Young, Doctoral Student Support Specialist.