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Student Enrollment

Once a class and assignment have been created, the instructor or students are ready to begin submitting papers and using Turnitin. 



It is recommended that you allow students to submit their own papers. 

Enrolling Students


Students must be enrolled in a class to submit papers, access grades, or access peer review assignments. Students can self-enroll by creating a user profile using the class ID number and class enrollment key. You can enroll students in a class one by one or by uploading a list of e-mails and student names.

If you choose to add students to the class directly, each student added to the class will be automatically e-mailed and provided with instructions on how to create their account password. If the e-mail address entered when adding a student is not valid, the student will not receive an e-mail. For this reason, students who do not possess valid e-mail addresses must enroll themselves using the class ID and enrollment key.

Allowing Students to Self-Enroll


Students self-enrolling into a Turnitin class must have the numeric class ID and the case sensitive class enrollment key. This provides a student user with authorization to access the class on Turnitin. Please do not post the class ID and key on a publicly accessible website; this is to ensure only your students enroll in your class.

You can view and change your class enrollment key in the class settings page. To change the enrollment key for a class, select the cog icon in the Edit column for that class on the Turnitin instructor homepage.


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Either take note of your current enrollment key or update it. Select Submit to save any changes. 

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We recommend you make your key more secure than 12345, used above for demonstrative purposes

Enrolling Students Manually


An instructor may add students individually to the class. You must provide first name, last name, and e-mail address for the user. A welcome e-mail will be sent to the student being added to the class.

If the e-mail address provided already exists on a user profile on Turnitin, the user welcome e-mail indicates only that the user has been added to a class as a student.

If the Email address provided by the instructor has never been used to create a Turnitin profile before, a new user welcome e-mail is sent. The student is provided with a temporary password for logging into Turnitin to complete the user profile. 



From the class homepage, click on the students tab to open the student list for the class

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Click the add student button.

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Enter the required information - the student first name, last name, and Email address.

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Click the submit button to enroll the student. A welcome Email will be sent to the user.

Enrolling Students From a List


You may upload a student list to add to a course. The student list must be one hundred (100) entries or less. Larger classes may be separated into multiple lists, each of which can be uploaded individually.

The list must be a Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or plain text (.txt) file. The first name, last name, and Email address for each student must be provided. The formatting must be as follows:



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Once the student list is available, the list may be uploaded from the student page of the class. 



From the class home page, click on the students tab.

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Click the upload student list button.

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Click the Choose File button and locate the file containing the student list on your computer.

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Click the Submit button to upload the student list file.

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The student list will be displayed. Check the displayed list for errors. To submit this list, click the yes, submit button. 

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Once yes, submit has been selected the final screen will display the newly enrolled list of student users. To return to the class student page, click the return to students link in the top right-hand corner.

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Enrollment Emails 


As soon as students are added to a class a confirmation Email is sent to the Email address provided. If the student has an existing user profile, the confirmation Email contains only notification of the new class enrollment. If the Email address used was not for an existing student user in the Turnitin system, the confirmation Email will allow the student to create their password.

New student user profiles that have never logged in are indicated with a pink highlight over the enrollment date to the left of the student name on the student list page.


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Re-sending New User Enrollment E-Mail


You can re-send the welcome Email to student users who have not yet logged into Turnitin. You can also change the Email address or name information to fix any incorrect information in the event that a student no longer has access to the Email address used initially for the user profile. 

Students who did not receive the enrollment Emails will need to check junk mail or any other mail filters (such as parental filters on Email account) and ensure that they are able to receive Emails from and before the welcome Email is re-sent. 


Student users who have logged into Turnitin one or more times cannot have this information reset by yourself and must use the Forgot Your Password? link on the Turnitin homepage.

How to Re-Send a Welcome E-mail


You can re-send welcome e-mails from the student list page of a class. To reach the student page, click on the class name and then the gray student tab above the assignment list.

On the students page, any students who have never logged in and completed the information on the user profile will have a pink highlight over the date in the enrolled column to the left of the student name.




To re-send the activation Email, click on the pink highlighted date to the left of the student name. 

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Check the user information and make any needed changes to this information.

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To send the new user confirmation and welcome Email, click on submit. A new copy of the welcome e-mail, including temporary password, will be sent.

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