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Adding, Modifying, and Removing Instructors

Instructors must have joined an account before they can begin using Turnitin. There are two ways instructors can join a Turnitin account:


  • Distribute the account ID and join key to authorized instructors, who can then go to and create a user profile as well as join an account
  • Add instructors manually to an account from the instructors page using first names, last names, and e-mail addresses to identify these new users.


Warning: Only a single instructor can be joined to an individual level account. 


Adding Instructors One by One


To add an instructor, there are three required pieces of information you must supply supply:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address


1. Instructor management can be accessed in one of two ways.


1a. Click on the instructor tab from the top of any page.


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1b. Alternatively, click the instructor icon, situated to the right of the account name on the administrator homepage.



2. Click on the Add Instructor button above the instructor listings



3. Enter the first name, last name, and e-mail address information for the instructor. 


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4. Click on the submit button to add this user as an instructor on the account

Uploading a List of Instructors


To add an instructor, there are three required pieces of information you must supply supply:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address


Multiple instructors can be added to an account at once by submitting a list of instructors in a plain text, Microsoft Word™, or Microsoft Excel™ file.


  • In Word or plain text each instructor should be listed in first name, last name, email address order (one instructor per line):

    John, Doe,


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  • In Excel, separate the First name, Surname and Email address into different cells in a column:

    John | Doe |


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    Note: Once the instructor list is created, it can be uploaded into an account. Instructor lists for upload to Turnitin must be 100 users or less. If applicable, separate the instructor user upload list into parts of 100 or less. Lists over 100 will be rejected by the system.


1. From the instructors list page click the upload list link 



2. Click on the browse button and locate the file containing the list of instructors’ first names, last names, and e-mail addresses


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Note: Only .xls, .doc and .txt formats are supported


3. Click submit to upload the list



4. Once the list upload is completed the list will be displayed for your approval


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5. To approve and add the listed instructors to the account, click on yes, submit. If there are errors, click on no, go back



6. The final screen will display the newly added instructors.


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To return to the instructor list page click on the return to instructors button


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The newly added instructors will now show up on the instructor list page for this account. After the instructors have been added they can log in and begin using Turnitin.

Confirmation Emails and Login Status


When an instructor is added to a new account, a confirmation Email is sent to the email address provided for the instructor. Users who have not had a previous Turnitin user profile under the exact Email address provided will receive a temporary password to allow them to log in for the first time. Users with an existing Turnitin user profile under the email address provided will be sent only a notification of access to a new account as an instructor. 

On the instructor page, the ‘joined date’ column is to the left of the instructor name column. If an instructor has never logged into Turnitin or did not have a pre-existing profile, the joined date will be highlighted in pink. Once the first full login of a user profile has been completed the highlight will disappear. 


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If an incorrect Email address was entered for an instructor, or the instructor did not receive the confirmation Email, the account administrator can re-send the confirmation email for any instructor that has never logged in. These instructors, indicated by the pink highlight on the join date, may wish to ensure that they are able to receive Emails from and past any spam filters or email settings on their email service. 


1. To re-send the confirmation Email to new instructor users, click on the pink highlighted date to the left of their name.


2. In the form that opens, make necessary corrections to the email address, first name, or last name.


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3. Click on the submit button once the changes are made, in order to send a new copy of the confirmation Email to this user.

Locking Instructors


Locking an instructor will prevent this user profile from accessing or using the account they are joined to, but will retain the course information and statistics for the use of this profile and any courses created under it.

1. To lock an instructor, click on the green lock icon between the joined date column and the instructor name column on the instructor list page.


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2. A warning notice will appear, asking you to confirm that you wish to block this instructor. Click OK to accept the change or click Cancel to abort.


3. A locked instructor is indicated by a red lock icon. Instructors can be unlocked by clicking on the red lock icon.


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4. Repeat this process in order to unlock instructors, which will turn the red lock icon back to green.

Removing Instructors


Dropping an instructor will remove the instructor completely from the account. In a consortium account, it will drop the instructor from all accounts on the consortium. Instructors must be dropped individually from the instructor list on an account. Dropped instructors no longer have access to classes, papers, or any other Turnitin services from the account they have been dropped from. An instructor can only be dropped by the account administrator.

Once an instructor has been dropped by the account administrator, the user profile that was dropped can only re-join the account by being added by the account administrator directly from the instructors page.


1. From the instructors list page, click on the trash can icon to the right of the instructor's email address under the drop column



2. A pop-up approval window will appear asking if you're sure you'd like to drop the instructor. Click OK after confirming the instructor's name is correct for the instructor to be dropped


The instructor will be removed from your instructors list and the instructor will no longer be able to access the Turnitin account that their profile was dropped from.

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Adding and Modifying Instructors


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