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UHD Student Generative AI Guidelines

Step 1. Explore

Students should take the time to explore and experiment with these tools.  Testing them firsthand will help you understand their limitations and advantages.  You can personally evaluate whether these tools enhance your learning, workload management, and career prospects.  Remember, staying updated with emerging technologies is crucial, even if you don't find them immediately beneficial.  Generative AI is influencing every industry, so staying informated is essential for your future endeavors.

Step 2. Ethical Considerations

Bias and Privacy-Be aware that AI may exhibit biases based on its training data.  For a balanced perspective, acknowledge potential biases in AI and diversify your sources.

Ethical Awareness-Confirm your work aligns with ethical norms, your values, and that you can confidently claim ownership of it.

Responsible Use-Reflect on the braoder implications of the AI technologies and data you use, ensuring they don't perpetuate harmful narratives or consequences.

Privacy and Consent-When working with generative AI models, especially those trained on personal data, it's crucuial to prioritize privacy and obtain proper consent from individuals whose data is used.  As a student researcher, you should adhere to ethical guidelines and obtain necessary permissions before collecting, storing, or processing any sensitive information for training or testing AI models.

For more guidance see Steps for Ethical and Responsible Use.

Step 3. Follow Academic Integrity and Course Policies

Review all Section 3.2 of UHD’s Academic Honesty Policy. Note that submitting material that is not one's own, using information or devices that are not allowed by the faculty member, obtaining and/or using unauthorized materials and fabricating information are all considered cheating. Also note that not identifying sources of information and ideas of others is considered plagiarism.

Copying and pasting directly from ChatGPT without any attribution would immediately be in violation of this policy. For other uses of generative AI, it is up to your instructor to determine how it could be used for course work if at all.

Step 4. Be Critical

Always keep in mind that the ethical issues and limitations of Generative AI are significant. Generative AI does not think or feel. It follows patterns and structures within an existing data to generate the output. Humans created the data and humans will continue to train the data and decide how it will be used. It is a powerful tool in the hands of a critical thinker. Your insight, fact-checking and evaluation of generative AI content are essential to guide the future of generative AI.

Step 5. Embrace Your Thinking, Creativity, and Problem-Solving Skills

Generative AI can perform tasks for you that would normally require time, sorting, searching, collaboration. Yet it is still in your hands and brain to develop the most valuable workforce skills. You can create innovative ideas and solutions. You can build your emotional intelligence because you know your community and you know people. Your communication, interpersonal skills can improve with cultural understanding, empathy, flexibility, open-mindedness. The value of your creative skills is more important than ever.

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