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Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom

Updating your Academic Integrity Policy

Two students sitting outside with clock tower in the backgroundThe rapid advancement of text-generative AI technologies has brought about a paradigm shift in educational practices, making the integration of AI into classrooms an immediate concern. As educators navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by AI-generated content, it's clear that academic integrity policies must evolve. Just as the transition from card catalogs to online search engines revolutionized access to information, AI has the potential to significantly impact teaching and learning. 

Sample Academic Integrity Policy Statement addressing the use of AI: 

The recent surge of text generative AI has ignited lively discussions in education circles. Educators are already grappling with AI-generated text in their classrooms, marking a significant shift that's no longer a distant future but a present reality. Reflecting on past successful adaptations, such as the move from card catalogs to online search engines, underscores the transformative potential of AI-generated text in education. While it presents challenges, its ease of use also holds promise for enhancing instructional practices.

Other Academic Integrity Policy Statement Examples

Students may NOT use Generative AI

The use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools, including but not limited to text generators, image generators, and code generators, is strictly prohibited in all coursework and assessments for this course. These tools have the potential to produce work that is not the original creation of the student, thus violating principles of academic integrity. Students are expected to generate their own work using their own knowledge, skills, and creativity. Any use of generative AI tools will be considered a form of academic dishonesty and will result in disciplinary action, which may include failing grades, academic probation, suspension, or expulsion. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the specific expectations regarding the use of technology in this course and for adhering to these guidelines at all times. By enrolling in this course, students affirm their understanding of and commitment to this policy.

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Students are encouraged to use Generative AI

Students are encouraged to explore and utilize generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools, such as text generators, image generators, and code generators, as part of their academic endeavors in this course. These tools offer opportunities for creativity and innovation when used responsibly and ethically. Proper attribution and acknowledgment of the use of generative AI tools are expected in all submitted work. However, students must also demonstrate their understanding of course concepts independently, and reliance solely on generative AI tools without genuine engagement with course materials may be considered academic dishonesty. By enrolling in this course, students affirm their commitment to using generative AI tools responsibly to enhance their learning experiences while upholding academic integrity.

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Students may use Generative AI in some cases

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools may be utilized during select class sessions to enhance learning experiences, explore their applications, and understand their strengths and limitations. While we will engage with AI tools together during these sessions, their use will be confined to in-class exercises. It is crucial to note that generative AI should not be employed for graded assignments, as this undermines the development of essential skills and expertise outlined in the course objectives. While AI tools can offer insights, they may also produce incomplete, inaccurate, or biased content, and must not be relied upon for graded work. Students are responsible for ensuring that all submitted work reflects their own understanding and efforts, and they must refrain from passing off AI-generated content as their own. By enrolling in this course, students acknowledge these guidelines and commit to upholding academic integrity in their academic pursuits.

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