Academic Integrity

Provost’s Offices at both UBCV and UBCO are working on resources related to generative AI tools and academic integrity. For example, there is a list of questions and answers about ChatGPT and academic integrity on the UBC Academic Integrity website.

One area of interest for many is whether there exist tools to reliably detect the probability of a text having been written by an AI. This is a rapidly changing space, with many new and existing organizations working on such detectors. Currently their efficacy, and ways to evade them, are also rapidly evolving, and as the Q&A on the Academic Integrity website notes, they are by no means foolproof and should not be used as the sole basis of a decision on whether academic misconduct has occurred. Consider also privacy issues with entering student work into a third-party platform without their consent, and that has not undergone a privacy impact assessment; be sure to not enter any personal or identifying information.

See also an editorial by two faculty members on “The Opportunities of ChatGPT” from the inaugural Academic Integrity Digest newsletter, with helpful reflections on both the challenges generative AI writing tools present, but also the potential “to make responsible, ethical use” of them in teaching, in collaboration with students.

On this resource, we provide suggestions around communicating with students about generative AI tools, as well as designing assessments in ways that can support academic integrity as well as student learning.

Visit the Academic Integrity website