The advent of Generative AI tools (like Chat-GPT, Bard, Bing and a host of others) left many faculty concerned about the ways in which students could use these tools to cheat.
However, these tools also can be powerful tools to improve student writing, research, brainstorming and organization. In addition, many faculty are aware that students will likely be using these tools to generate text and images throughout their working lives. Those faculty have allowed and even encouraged students to use generative AI for assignments. There remains a grey area for many students around how they ought to use generative AI.
As a result. faculty have a responsibility to set clear guidelines for students around using generative AI. Faculty can completely forbid students from using it or they can allow certain uses (like using AI to help revise a draft or to generate topics.) Because generative AI is so now and so powerful, clarity is crucial to helping students know what is honest use and what is not.