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Investigation Support

The Academic Integrity Office provides tools and resources to assist faculty when investigating potential academic integrity violations. 

For any additional support, such as interpreting Turnitin Similarity Scores, please consult the Academic Integrity Office. 

Authorship Investigate

If you suspect your student has committed Contract Cheating (i.e. someone else completed your student’s assignment on their behalf), you may request an Authorship Investigate report to be completed on your behalf.

The software uses linguistic forensics to analyze and compare the student’s current submissions to their previous submissions. Please note that all assignments being compared must have been submitted to Turnitin.

Please email all requests to and include the following information: 

  • Turnitin submission ID (this is found in the information icon within the submission)
    •  A report cannot be completed without the submission
    •  These IDs cannot be “cut and pasted.” Please ensure the IP is properly recorded.
  • Student name
  • Date of submission
  • Your name
  • Course code

Document Takedown

All course content created by a Conestoga faculty member is protected by our Copyright and Academic Integrity policies. Faculty can forward a Document Takedown Request and our support team will request document removal on their behalf. We will conduct investigations on behalf of faculty into potential misuse of any file-sharing websites and then follow up with faculty on the status of their request.

IMPORTANT: If a student completes an assignment, and it does not include any assignment descriptions/instructions, questions, or a rubric included within it, it is owned by that student. As a result, Third-Party websites will not remove that material. Therefore, we will not request student work be taken down.

    If you notice or suspect an assignment or course materials are on a file-sharing site (i.e., Chegg), please forward the name of the assignment or course code. We recommend providing us any IRLs to the sites. We will conduct a fulsome search and request removal of subsequent material.

    Please send all requests to

IP Address Confirmation Requests

If a suspicious IP Address has accessed your student’s account, and you suspect someone else has completed an assessment on your student’s behalf, please follow the instructions on the document below to receive confirmation that the IP address is one not typically used by your student or is outside of the usual geographical location of your student.

Turnitin Similarity Score

IMPORTANT: Please note that these are general guidelines, and all situations must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. 

    1. Turnitin Similarity Report
      • The Similarity Report should be visible to students.
      • Students should have the option to submit their assignment to Turnitin multiple times and make changes up to the due date.
    2. Analyzing Similarity Reports
      • Similarity Reports that yield a score of 10% or under are typically not plagiarized. Depending on the assignment, a common Table of Contents or Reference Page will produce 10%.
      • For anything over 10%, review the assignment: 
        1. If the copied portions are properly cited and referenced – all is good!
          • Remember, an assignment can technically have a very high Similarity Score and not be plagiarized, despite it likely being poor practice.
        2. If an attempt has been made but the APA format is incorrect – talk to the student, and try to deal with the issue in the rubric (i.e., deduct marks for poor APA formatting).
        3. Please keep intentionality in mind. If a student did not cite and reference properly (or at all), but it appears there was no intention to deceive, then an incident should not be filed. Instead, point students to our APA supports. When appropriate, deal with the issue within the Grading Rubric.

Plagiarism Decision Tree

IMPORTANT: Please use this resource with discretion. It does not capture all the complexities of plagiarism, and it is not a "one size fits all" framework for detecting plagiarism.

The Plagiarism Decision Tree assists faculty when reviewing student written work.

Decision Tree