What is ChatGPT?

Last November, OpenAI released ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) language model that generates human-like text in a way that feels conversational. When prompted to describe its capabilities, ChatGPT responded:

ChatGPT is a large language model that can generate human-like text based on the input it receives. It can be used for a variety of tasks such as language translation, text summarization, question answering, and text generation. It can also be fine-tuned to perform specific tasks such as conversation generation, sentiment analysis, and more. (OpenAI, 2023)

The previous April, OpenAI released DALL-E 2, an artificial intelligence system that creates original images from a text description. It can also modify existing images to add and remove elements, or create stylistic variations.

Is the use of ChatGPT considered to be academic misconduct at New York Tech?

The use of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence tools is determined by the instructor of each of your courses, because different courses have different learning goals. There is no institution-wide policy regarding its use in teaching and learning.

  • If your instructor has permitted the use of ChatGPT and/or generative AI tool, they will share guidance and information regarding its appropriate use and how it should be cited/referenced for that course.
  • If your instructor has not explicitly discussed the use of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools within the course, you should assume its use is not permitted. When in doubt, we strongly encourage you to ask your instructor before using any of these tools for academic work.
  • If your instructor does not permit the use of these tools, using them is considered academic misconduct and a violation of New York Tech's Academic Integrity Policy. Specifically, unapproved use of generative AI tools may be considered plagiarism and/or unauthorized online collaboration, among other potential academic integrity violations.

Remember, policies will vary by course, and you need to check with each instructor before using the tools.

Where can I learn more about the Academic Integrity policy at New York Tech?

New York Institute of Technology strives to create a community of students, faculty, and staff intent on teaching, learning, and researching. The foundation of academic work is intellectual integrity, credibility, and trust. A learning community can only be maintained if its members believe that their work is judged fairly and held to the highest academic and ethical standards. It is essential that all members of the New York Tech community understand our shared standards of academic honesty. More than just a series of regulations, the Academic Integrity Policy serves as a guide and resource for students and faculty for understanding these standards and their importance in the mission of the university.

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