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Artificial Intelligence

About this Guide

This guide was created for students to learn how to responsibly use artificial intelligence (AI) tools in their coursework. In this guide, you will find information and resources about:

  • AI literacy
  • ChatGPT, deepfakes, and generative AI systems
  • Ethical considerations in the use of AI
  • Academic integrity

Message for Students

As a student at Saint Mary's University, you are responsible for upholding the University's values and academic integrity principles. Take time to familiarize yourself with the University's Academic Integrity Regulation and always ask your instructor before using AI in your work. Even if you are given permission to use AI by your instructor, your responsibility to demonstrate honesty in your work remains the same.

It's important to remember that although AI provides several benefits, it also presents many ethical concerns and academic integrity issues. For suggestions on how to responsibly use AI as a student, visit the AI & Academic Integrity page on this guide.

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is all around us and is quickly becoming more common in our daily lives. In simple terms, AI refers to "the capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit or simulate intelligent behaviour" (Oxford English Dictionary, 2023). 

Check out this video from Duke University for a short overview of AI:



Oxford University Press. (2023, July). Artificial Intelligence. In Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved July 26, 2023.