Top French university bans use of ChatGPT to prevent plagiarism

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ChatGPT is a free program that generates original text on almost any topic in response to a prompt, including articles, essays, jokes and even poetry, raising concerns across industries about plagiarism.

The university said on Friday that the school had sent an email to all students and faculty announcing a ban on ChatGPT and all other AI-based tools in Sciences Po.

“Without transparent referencing, students are prohibited from using the software for the production of any written work or presentations, except for specific course purposes, with the supervision of a course leader,” Sciences Po said , although he did not specify how he would follow through. use.

ChatGPT has already been banned in some public schools in New York City and Seattle, according to US media reports, while several US universities have announced plans to make fewer take-home assessments and more essays written in -hands and oral exams.

Sciences Po, whose main campus is in Paris, added that the penalty for using the software could be expulsion from the institution, or even from French higher education as a whole.

“The ChatGPT software is raising important questions for educators and researchers around the world, regarding fraud in general, and plagiarism in particular,” she said.

Last week Microsoft Corp announced another multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI – the artificial intelligence research lab behind ChatGPT – building on a bet it made on OpenAI nearly four years ago, when dedicated $1 billion to the startup co-founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk and investor Sam Altman.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Josie Kao)

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