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Generative AI and Academic Integrity

The goal of this guide is to help students learn about the relationship between generative AI and academic integrity.

Generative AI and Academic Integrity: Introduction

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One of the biggest questions around generative AI in higher education is about the relationship between the use of tools like ChatGPT and academic integrity. Basically, is using generative AI a form of cheating?

The resources and information in this guide will help you think about what academic integrity is for and the role generative AI plays in its practice or violation.

Learning goals

Learners who engage with the materials and activities in this guide will be able to:  

  • Identify important aspects of academic integrity
  • Describe the potential impact of generative AI on various aspects of academic integrity
  • Apply critical thinking to the use of generative AI in their research and writing activities  


This guide was created by Allison Hosier, Head of Information Literacy, University at Albany, SUNY. 

Some content in this guide was generated by ChatGPT. All generated content is marked with a note identifying it as such. 

Photo credits

Unless otherwise noted, photos in this guide are taken from Pixabay, a database of royalty-free images.