Guidance on the use of Artificial Intelligence
Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Apps offer students many opportunities to support their learning or work creatively, but over-reliance on these tools could lead to poor academic practice or academic misconduct.
London Metropolitan University is aware of the high-profile discussions and debates about the use of Artificial Intelligence Apps such as ChatGPT and Bard for text and Midjourney and DALL-E for images. The University helps its students to produce their own work with confidence in many ways, including support with understanding assessments, research, academic writing and referencing. This will include navigating the use of new and emerging AI technologies. Our approach to AI is to engage with and adapt to these new technologies.
1. We permit the appropriate and responsible use of Generative AI applications by our students.
2. We recognise that generative AI applications can be useful tools in specific aspects of learning, including:
- assisting in the structuring or organising existing work.
- getting inspiration / overcoming 'writer's block'.
- spelling and grammar checks.
- supporting international students with language challenges.
- aiding students with specific learning requirements.
- creating prompts for image making.
- creative image making and media production.
- producing quick summaries / synopses.
- other subject specific tasks.
3. We are committed to engaging with generative AI within the context of our wider commitment to equity and social justice (through our ESJF (Education for Social Justice Framework). We will work with students to understand the biases that may be perpetuated by AI and to minimise any inequities in access and usage.
4. Course and module content at London Metropolitan University will be regularly reviewed to ensure the exploration and understanding of emerging technologies, including AI, within specific sectors. We will encourage staff and students to actively participate in sector-wide debates and discussions on emerging issues related to Generative AI and other emerging technologies.
5. We will ensure and maintain fairness in assessment while accommodating our students' access to and innovation with emerging technologies. This will include the use of varied and creative assessments, the active use of version histories where relevant, critical, and creative engagement with AI in class including to explain its unreliability and a focus on subject specific implications within the curriculum.
6. We will support students in their Generative AI literacy within wider learning skills development, assessment literacy, information literacy, digital literacy, and awareness of academic misconduct.
7. London Metropolitan University Students will be expected, when required, to document or reference their use of Generative AI for assessment submissions.
8. We will collaborate with employers, employer networks, Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and other professional organisations to ensure our courses prepare students for the changing workplace environment, where AI will be a part of everyday life.
9. The University commits to engage with the broader legal, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding the use of Generative AI in teaching and learning contexts and other relevant student facing spaces.
10. The University will provide its staff with appropriate training, development, support, and resources to engage with Generative AI, and related issues including Academic Misconduct.
AI and Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity means being honest in your academic work and your studies and making sure that you acknowledge the work of others and giving credit where you have used other people's ideas as part of presenting your arguments. Your assessment submissions must therefore always be entirely your own work, based on your own learning and appropriately referenced including how you have used Generative AI. The University regards the use of Generative AI applications by students to deceive to gain unfair advantage as academic misconduct. This usage includes:
- Plagiarism, where AI tools are used to generate output and ideas that are presented or submitted as if they were the student's own work, without proper citation or references.
- Where a complete assignment is created using Generative AI and represented as a student's own work, this will be regarded as contract cheating in the same way as commissioning an 'Essay Mill' or other third party to complete your work.
The exception will be for tasks where the extensive and critical use of a specific AI tool to is part of the assessment brief. We also urge caution when it comes to the use of generative AI apps as research tools because the information, they present is not always trustworthy or accurate
- AI tools sometimes invent information and references when they cannot find it. This is called 'hallucinating.'
- They do not always have access to information in books or sites which are in password protected areas or behind firewalls.
- AI tools do not have access to the most recent research.
Because of these limitations, using them without care can have a negative impact on your work.
Further Help and Support with AI
If you require help with your academic writing or research:
- Speak to your Course Leader or Module Leader-they can give you direct subject related advice about the assignments you are working on.
- Vist London Metropolitan University's AI Guide. Overview of AI for students - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Learning and Teaching - LibGuides at London Metropolitan University
- Visit Library Matters a resource that will help you to learn how to find and use information for your studies and assessments. Library Matters - LibGuides at London Metropolitan University
- Your school's Academic Mentors can help understand what is required for your assessment and to find the right resources Academic Mentors - Student Zone (londonmet.ac.uk)
- Your school's Academic Liaison Librarians can help you with finding and using information for your studies https://libguides.londonmet.ac.uk/subject-guides
Read the University's policies on Academic Misconduct here: Academic Misconduct - Student Zone (londonmet.ac.uk)
The University's Academic Regulations are here: Academic Regulations - Student Zone (londonmet.ac.uk)