The for-profit service known as Turnitin checks student work against a database of more than 22 million papers written by students around the world, as well as online sources and electronic archives of journals.
. . . But some McLean High students are rebelling. Members of the new Committee for Students’ Rights said they do not cheat or condone cheating. But they object to Turnitin’s automatically adding their essays to the massive database, calling it an infringement of intellectual property rights.
Students also objected to the presumption of guilt.
Thousands of colleges and high schools submit papers to Turnitin, which adds 60,000 student assignments to the database daily. At some schools, students can submit their drafts to the service to get an “originality report.”
Turnitin is an effective deterrent for Betsy’s high school history students.
I wonder what lawyers would say about students’ rights to keep their writing from being added to a data base. It seems thin to me — and nobody’s sued yet — but this is a new area.
Update: Here’s more on tech-aided cheating from the San Jose Mercury News.