The following categories were built to aid Mason instructional faculty in communicating their policies to students about AI usage in their courses. We hope these categories will provide a degree of consistency across business programs.
Developments in AI technology are advancing rapidly. Of note, it is anticipated that many software platforms (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite) will soon have AI embedded. Instructional faculty will need to remain vigilant and provide the degree of specificity on AI usage that best aligns with their course.
Category 1 – No AI Assistance
You may not receive help from any AI tools including editing applications (e.g., Grammarly), generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT), or AI tools integrated within software platforms (e.g., Microsoft Office). All work must be 100% your own. It is an honor code offense to use AI tools for assistance on this assignment in any way.
Category 2 – AI for Learning and Practice
You may use AI tools for learning and practice. This means you can use AI to learn concepts, practice problem-solving, and enhance your understanding of the course material. However, any work submitted for grading must be 100% your own and not the result of AI assistance (i.e., the final work produced must be solely your own). It is an honor code offense to submit work for grading that was produced with the aid of AI.
Category 3 – AI for Brainstorming Only
You may use AI tools on your assignments for brainstorming only. This means that you can use AI to generate some initial ideas or inspiration. However, you must not copy or submit any content produced by AI as your own work. You must clearly indicate in your citations when and how you used AI for brainstorming purposes. It is an honor code offense to use AI tools for more than brainstorming without explicit permission.
Category 4 – AI for Limited or Specific Tasks
You may use AI tools as outlined by your instructor in the assignment guidelines. You must clearly indicate in your citations when and how you used AI for these purposes, and you cannot use AI to generate or assist in generating content beyond that outlined in the assignment. It is an honor code offense to use AI tools for more than the strictly outlined tasks without explicit permission.