ChatGPT, AI, and Academic Dishonesty

Steps to Address Academic Dishonesty:
  1. If you suspect that an assignment or test was completed using AI, run it through AI detector through Canvas or ask the question on ChatGPT (or other AI generator) to contrast and compare responses. 
  2. Submit an academic Misconduct reporting form and attach all assignments you believe were plagiarized and any additional documentation that supports this 
  3. At the bottom of the form, there is a link to the Academic Dishonesty Form, which we request be attached to the reporting form from step 2. 
  • This form requests the student's signature, but in cases where that is not possible ( ex: you outreached to the student with no response), you can attach this form without the student signature
  • Often, if it is the first infraction of academic dishonesty if the academic dishonesty form is signed by the student, no further action will be required by our office. When the students don't sign it, we will require the student to go through the formal conduct process to determine the outcome of the academic dishonesty case.

Processing this through the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities helps to identify repeat offenders and also ensures our students are connected to the academic resources. Feel free to call our Associate Dean of Students at 707-826-3504 or email directly if you have any additional questions!

Faculty Syllabus statement on ChatGpt

At Cal Poly Humboldt, academic dishonesty is a serious offense, a violation of the Student Conduct Code (, and will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty is defined as any act of cheating or plagiarism, including the use of artificial intelligence or ChatGPT to generate or complete work. All students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy as outlined in the Academic Integrity & Honesty Policy ( Violations of the policy will result in disciplinary action and/or academic sanctions. Academic sanctions may include an oral reprimand, a reduction in an assigned grade or failing grade, or a referral for administrative/disciplinary sanctions.


There are several steps that university faculty can take to curb the use of AI tools like ChatGPT for cheating:
  1. Educate students about academic integrity and the consequences of cheating, including using AI tools.

  2. Use plagiarism detection software to detect and flag any suspicious similarities between students' assignments.

  3. Use open-ended questions and problem sets that are harder to cheat on.

  4. Encourage students to cite their sources and use proper citation format.

  5. Monitor students' work closely, including peer review, to detect patterns of cheating.

  6. Manually review student work to look for signs of cheating, such as overly polished writing or content that does not match the student's writing style. You can have the students submit a writing sample early on in the semester where the purpose of the assignment is to talk about themselves (which would be less likely to plagiarize) 
  7. Encourage students to seek help if they are struggling with their assignments.

  8. Use a variety of assessment methods such as oral or written examination, group work, project work and practical work.

  9. Make sure to use a mix of different type of question in the exams, for example, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blanks etc.

  10. Use multiple versions of the exam: Faculty members can use multiple versions of the exam to prevent students from sharing answers.

  11. Use randomized question order: Faculty members can use randomized question order to prevent students from sharing answers.

  12. Use randomized answer choices: Faculty members can use randomized answer choices to prevent students from sharing answers.

  13. Have strict policies in place for dealing with academic dishonesty, and enforce them consistently and fairly.

  14. Consider using software to analyze writing patterns and flagging suspiciously similar work.

It's important to note that it is not possible to completely eliminate cheating, but by taking these steps, faculty can make it more difficult for students to cheat and discourage them from doing so.

 Presentation on Chat GPT & Academic Dishonesty

Presentation on ChatGPT from Sacramento State Assistant Dean, Tom Carroll.