Incident 339: Open-Source Generative Models Abused by Students to Cheat on Assignments and Exams

Description: Students were reportedly using open-source text generative models such as GPT-3 and ChatGPT to complete school assignments and exams such as writing reports, essays.


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Alleged: Sudowrite and OpenAI developed an AI system deployed by students, which harmed Teachers , non-cheating students and cheating students.

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A Fun, Easy New Way for Students to Cheat · 2022

Look out, educators. You’re about to confront a pernicious new challenge that is spreading, kudzu-like, into your student writing assignments: papers augmented with artificial intelligence.

The first online article generator debuted in 2005…

Redditor Claims To Be Using AI-Written Essays To Get Straight A's In School · 2022

With some artificial intelligence (AI) programs able to write sentences well enough to apparently convince a Google engineer that it is sentient,  it was inevitable that someone out there would try to use it to cheat at homework. According …

Students Are Using AI to Write Their Papers, Because Of Course They Are · 2022

Essays written by AI language tools like OpenAI's Playground are often hard to tell apart from text written by humans.

innovate_rye’s professors know them as a first-year biochemistry major, and an “A” student. What their professors don’t k…

Professor catches student cheating with ChatGPT: ‘I feel abject terror’ · 2022

Welcome to the new age of academic dishonesty.

A college professor in South Carolina is sounding the alarm after catching a student using ChatGPT — a new artificial intelligence chat bot that can quickly digest and spit out written informat…

ChatGPT banned from New York City's Public Schools' Devices and Networks · 2023

New York City's Department of Education announced a ban on the wildly popular chatbot ChatGPT — which some have warned could inspire more student cheating — from its schools' devices and networks.

Jenna Lyle, a spokesperson for the departme…

ChatGPT AI tool used by students to generate assignments, academics warn · 2023

Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionise the way students' coursework is written, but academics have called for greater controls to stop widespread cheating.

With the use of AI, students and researchers could potentially s…

Two professors who say they caught students cheating on essays with ChatGPT explain why AI plagiarism can be hard to prove · 2023

A few weeks after the launch of the AI chatbot ChatGPT, Darren Hick, a philosophy professor at Furman University, said he caught a student turning in an AI-generated essay

Hick said he grew suspicious when the student turned in an on-topi…

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach · 2023

While grading essays for his world religions course last month, Antony Aumann, a professor of philosophy at Northern Michigan University, read what he said was easily “the best paper in the class.” It explored the morality of burqa bans wit…

Scores of Stanford students used ChatGPT on final exams, survey suggests · 2023

Stanford students and professors alike are grappling with the rise of ChatGPT, a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, and the technology's implications for education.

Some professors have already overhauled their courses in anticipat…

Universities offered software that detects ChatGPT essays · 2023

Turnitin, best known for its anti-plagiarism software used by tens of thousands of universities and schools around the world, is building a tool to detect text generated by AI.

Large language models have gained traction since the commercial…

CheatGPT: New Hurdles for Academic Integrity · 2023

It’s no secret that Stanford students are some of the smartest and most driven individuals in the world. But it seems that some of these high-achieving students are taking the easy way out when it comes to exams and homework assignments.


Top French university bans use of ChatGPT to prevent plagiarism · 2023

PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Sciences Po, one of France's top universities, has banned the use of ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence-based chatbot that can generate coherent prose, to prevent fraud and plagiarism.

ChatGPT is a free programme …

OpenAI Releases Tool To Detect Machine-Written Text · 2023

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios:

ChatGPT creator OpenAI today released a free web-based tool designed to help educators and others figure out if a particular chunk of text was written by a human or a machine. OpenAI cautions…

Is AI writing your child’s homework? California schools fighting new tech used for cheating · 2023

New software powered by artificial intelligence is the latest technology shaking up school campuses.  

In November, a San Francisco-based research laboratory called OpenAI launched ChatGPT, which has the unique ability to generate human-lik…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.