Use of Artificial Intelligence and GenAI


Generative AI refers to a class of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that can create or generate new content, such as text, images, audio, or video. These systems are trained on large amounts of data and use statistical techniques to learn the patterns and characteristics of the data. Once trained, they can generate new content similar to the training data but not identical. Generative AI models include diverse applications, including natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition, and more.

Generative AI applications include, but are not limited to, ChatGPT, DALL-E, Stable Diffusion, CoPilot, and Claude 3, among others. DALL-E is a generative AI model developed by OpenAI. It is a variant of the GPT-3 model that can generate images from text descriptions. ChatGPT is a large-scale pre-trained language model also developed by OpenAI. It is based on transformer architecture and is trained on massive text data, allowing it to generate human-like text.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has grown tremendously since its release in November 2022.  AI use in business is anticipated to grow “…37.3% between 2023 and 2030.”  Accordingly, students must be prepared to use AI responsibly, ethically, socially, and legally. AI literacy skills are a component of digital literacy that students must strive to learn and apply as it is anticipated that “Employees more skilled at deriving value from AI are more likely to be high performers, compared with those lacking AI skills.” When using AI, students must learn the advantages and disadvantages of any new technology. Students should be aware that the use of AI, in academia, business, and government, raises concerns about accessibility, bias, discrimination, security, privacy, law (including intellectual property issues), ethical issues, accuracy of information generated, transparency, and governance, both private, state, and federal.


In addition to the Academic and Professional Integrity Policy, this AI course policy outlines the appropriate and ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) in all writing assignments requiring original work of the student, i.e.,  discussion boards, blog posts, research papers/projects, and exams. AI should be viewed as augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. It does not replace a person’s intelligence, reasoning, or critical thinking but supplements it in various ways. AI in writing assignments is permitted under certain conditions to enhance learning outcomes and foster critical thinking skills. AI tools should be utilized primarily as learning aids to support students in developing writing skills, understanding grammar rules, improving language proficiency, and furthering their knowledge of the course content.

Permissible Use

Under the following guidelines, students can use AI tools to write assignments in limited amounts. AI tools may include, but are not limited to, spell and grammar checkers, plagiarism detectors, language enhancement software, and large language models, including but not limited to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Anthropic’s Claude, Google Gemini, and Microsoft GitHub Copilot.

Guidelines for AI Usage

    1. Understanding: Students should have a basic understanding of how AI tools work and their limitations. They should rely on more than just AI-generated content; they should critically evaluate and integrate it into their writing.
    1. Originality: AI-generated content should supplement students’ original ideas rather than substitute for independent thought and analysis. Plagiarism of AI-generated content is strictly prohibited. AI tools should be used for initial brainstorming, outlining, and content development. Students are responsible for creating content in response to writing assignments (discussion boards, etc.) and creating original content for their research papers/projects. 
    1. Transparency: Students must disclose the use of AI tools in their writing assignments. This includes acknowledging the specific tools used and their contribution to the assignment:
      • Generative AI should not be used to generate content that is discriminatory or offensive in any way.
      • Generative AI may not be used to generate content intended to be submitted as your original work.
      • All AI generative prompts must be disclosed/provided before your original content appears.
      • Students are responsible for ensuring that any AI-generated information is accurate, fact-checked against credible sources, and up to date.
      • Students must not use generative AI to generate work submitted under multiple names or pseudonyms.
      • Students must refrain from using generative AI to generate work submitted to multiple assignments or courses.
      • Students must refrain from using generative AI to generate work submitted as their own after making minimal changes.
      • Generative AI results are generated based on data on which the AI tool is trained and may be similar to existing work(s). Students must use their judgment and critical thinking to avoid plagiarism.
      • Students must indicate when they have used AI-generated content in their work and provide appropriate citations.

Assignment Directions

In addition to these guidelines, see specific assignment directions and grading rubrics regarding using, incorporating, and disclosing AI tools. 

Academic Integrity

  1. Plagiarism: Submitting AI-generated content or any other material without proper attribution/citation constitutes plagiarism and will be subject to disciplinary action per Seton Hall University’s Code of Academic Integrity.
  1. Authenticity: Students are responsible for the authenticity and originality of their work, even when utilizing AI tools. They should ensure that their writing reflects their understanding and interpretation of the subject matter.
  1. Assessment: Students’ work will be assessed based on the quality of their writing, critical thinking skills, and adherence to academic standards, including disclosure of the use of AI tools. Students will not be assessed solely on their use of AI tools.
  1. Compliance: All students are required to comply with this AI policy. Non-compliance may result in academic penalties or disciplinary actions per Seton Hall University’s policies and procedures.

AI Use Disclosure

For each writing assignment, project, submission, etc.

  • Identify which, if any, AI tool(s) you used, and
  • Identify all prompts/queries that you used (include hyperlinks to all AI tools, prompts/queries, searches, and generated output, and
  • Discuss what you learned from those prompts/queries, and
  • Describe how you verified the accuracy and truth of the AI content generated, and
  • Reflect on the impact of using AI tools on the effectiveness of your research and your writing assignment, project, submission, etc.

Evaluation and Review of this Policy

This policy will be periodically reviewed to ensure its effectiveness in promoting academic integrity, learning outcomes, and the ethical use of AI in writing assignments. Students’ feedback is appreciated so that necessary revisions can be made.

NB: This policy was developed using AI platforms in consultation with Professor Susan O’Sullivan-Gavin.

Updated: May 5, 2024