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What are Artificial Intelligence tools?

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are a set of tools intended to automate and improve day-to-day tasks. ChatGPT is just one example of an AI tool. Some other examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Quillbot, Wordtune, Paraphraser
  • Resoomer, Editpad
  • ChatAI, ChatGPT, and other tools based on similar generative AI tools
  • Midjourney, Dall-E 2

Each of these tools aims to assist with common daily tasks such as writing, summarizing, paraphrasing and even image generation. Using these tools without permission may:

  • constitute cheating and result in academic misconduct,
  • introduce fabricated, incorrect or biased information into your research and writing
  • cause integrity and ethical issues in work related settings.

Using AI tools instead of developing the skills needed to meet course learning outcomes can be detrimental to your progress both in college and in your career.

Is the use of ChatGPT in school considered Cheating?

Watch the following video for a brief discussion of some of the issues and concerns around the use of AI tools in education.

Video source: CTV News Saskatoon. (2023, January 27). Is the use of ChatGPT in schools considered cheating? [Video]. YouTube.

What Students Should Know About AI & ChatGPT

While Artificial Intelligence tools (such as ChatGPT) have many useful purposes, there are also a significant number of ethical issues surrounding their use in academic work.  Georgian has many services to help you complete your academic work WITHOUT the unauthorized use of artificial intelligence.

Review the following concerns and check in with your professor, the Writing Centre or Language Help Centre or Research Help for more information.

Advice for Students Regarding AI Tools & ChatGPT

The following are some suggestions to consider with respect to Artificial Intelligence tools, ChatGPT, and your academic work at Georgian.

Academic Misconduct - Consequences

Penalties for Academic Misconduct range in severity, depending on the situation and the number of prior academic misconduct issues.

The initial penalties for academic integrity offences at Georgian College may include:

  • verbal warning
  • resubmitting work
  • mark of zero in the work involved

Depending on the academic misconduct, your professor may also ask you to complete additional academic integrity training, attend a workshop or seek individual help to ensure that you can learn from the mistake and move on to be successful in your future assignments.

Academic Misconduct offences are recorded by the Registrar's office.

After one or more offences, penalties increase in severity and may also include:

  • mark of zero in the course (after multiple offences)
  • suspension from the college for one or more semesters
  • dismissal from program or college for varying periods of time

Review the Georgian College Academic Integrity Regulations for full details about academic integrity and misconduct, including definitions, policies and procedures, and consequences.

Except where otherwise noted, this page is adapted from "Academic Integrity for Students" by Centennial College Libraries, licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0.


Georgian College. (n.d.). 8. Academic integrity. Retrieved April 25, 2023, from

Hern, A. (2022, December 4). AI bot ChatGPT stuns academics with essay-writing skills and usability. The Guardian.