For Instructors

Our licensing with Turnitin enables use by faculty, staff and students of The University of British Columbia and approved affiliated Colleges.

Instructor Account Setup

Guidelines for using Turnitin can be found on the Academic Integrity website

Faculty and/or Teaching Assistants need an account ID and a join password to “Join” the standalone Turnitin account created for your Faculty or School.

To obtain the required code and password for access to the Turnitin, please use the contact us:

  • UBC Vancouver: please contact the Turnitin Administrator by e-mail at or by phone at 604-827-5183.
  • UBC Okanagan: please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning by phone at at 250-807-9293.


  1. Using the account ID and the join password, create your user account on the Turnitin New User Setup page.
  2. Once you setup your user account, you will need to first create a class (i.e. a course) before creating an assignment dropbox. (Note: If you plan to allow TA to access your course, you will need to create a “Master Class” instead. (Please see P.170 of Instructor User Manual)
  3. On the class creation page, enter a class name and an enrolment password. The enrolment password is the password your students will use to enroll in your class. Pick a password that is easy for your students to remember and that contains all lowercase letters.
  4. Once you create a class, you can create an assignment dropbox in your class by clicking on “New Assignment” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Once students submit their assignments, you can use Turnitin to:

For more details, please visit Turnitin’s Quickstart Guide

Note: if you plan to submit student submitted papers to the system on their behalf, please remember to delete any identifying information from the original document prior to uploading it. This includes your name and student number in the document, as well as any metadata or hidden data that might be stored in the document itself. To remove the metadata from Microsoft Word:

  • In Microsoft Word (Windows), you can remove the hidden data by using Microsoft Word’s Document Inspector
  • In Microsoft Word (Mac), you can remove the hidden data by clicking on Word > Preferences > Security, then selecting Remove personal information from this file on save

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