A Texas A&M-Commerce professor has suspended more than half of his students after the ChatGPT artificial intelligence program falsely claimed it had written their papers. As a result, the university has decided to withhold their diplomas.
According to a viral Reddit post, Dr. Jared Mumm, the professor, sent an email to his senior class on Monday.
In his email, he claimed that he had tested whether any students had used the ChatGPT software to write their essays by submitting three of their recent assignments to the AI bot.
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“I copy and paste your responses into this account, and Chat GTP will tell me if the program generated the content”, Mumm, who teaches agricultural science and natural resources, wrote in the email, misspelling Chat GPT.
“I put everyone’s last three assignments on two separate occasions, and if both were claimed by Chat GTP, it received a 0.” added.
Seniors, who had already graduated, due to the incident. Dr. Mumm allowed the students to redo the assignment to avoid failing.
Unfortunately, ChatGPT is not programmed to recognize content generated by artificial intelligence, including its own. However, other programs, such as Winston AI and Content at Scale, can identify such content.
Someone by the name of DearKick shared the original email on Reddit.
In a subsequent post, DearKick mentioned that several students contacted Dr. Mumm and provided him with timestamped Google Docs to prove they were not using ChatGPT.
However, the teacher “He ignored the emails and instead just trusted his rating software in the comments: ‘I don’t rate AI nonsense.’ DearKick wrote.
DearKick also mentioned that a student was cleared of wrongdoing and Dr. Mumm apologized to them.
In addition, two other students confessed to using ChatGPT earlier in the semester, which “certainly makes the situation much more complicated for those who didn’t,” they added.
Texas A&M-Commerce told Insider: “University officials are investigating the incident and developing policies to address the use or misuse of AI technology in the classroom.”
“A&M-Commerce confirms that no student failed the class or was prevented from graduating due to this issue. Dr. Jared Mumm, the class teacher, is working individually with students regarding their final writing assignments.” they added.
The use of AI technology in education has sparked debate. While certain schools in Texas have banned students from using ChatGPT, others are exploring ways to integrate the AI chatbot into their educational practices.
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