AI tools can create a bit of a blurred line. We’re here to help. 

 Artificial intelligence (AI) tools like Chat GPT, Dall-E, and others are here to stay. While students and instructors have experienced the potential opportunities of AI, it can also be challenging to navigate this new norm and how to properly use these tools to support academics. We can help.

“Just like any other tool to support academics in the classroom, we expect that students use AI resources ethically, and in line with the instructors’ expectations,” explains Tonya Schmidt, director for the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. “AI usage isn’t going away, and it’s important to understand expectations from your instructor.” 

As a UW–Madison student (and under the Code of Student Conduct), you are expected to uphold the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. We encouage you to consider these tips when determining whether or not to use artificial intelligence in your coursework: 

  • Know your instructors’ expectations around using AI tools in your courses. It is your responsibility to know and follow your instructor’s expectations, which will vary across courses and with instructors. If you’re unsure, check your course syllabi, course information in Canvas, or talk with your instructors. 
  • Be aware of posting queries. Consider what effects posting certain information into AI tools may have down the road. Protect your privacy.
  • Cite your work. If you’re allowed to use these tools, be sure to properly cite them in your work. 
  • Uphold the values of academic integrity. Know that if instructors suspect students have used ChatGPT or other AI tools contrary to their expectations, they are encouraged to contact students directly to have a meeting about their concerns.


REMINDER: As you begin the new academic year, a few general academic tips and resources will help you get a strong start to fall 2023.  

  • Check Canvas, your course syllabi, and any introductory course material. 
  • Make connections with your professors and teaching staff during office hours.  
  • Find a good place to study. There are many to choose. Find something that works for you.  
  • Get academic, language, or study skill support through the Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS)  
  • Visit the libraries or ask questions through the “Ask a Librarian” service.  
  • Stay ahead by breaking big projects and assignments into smaller chunks

    You’ve got this, Badgers!