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Graduate School Guidelines

Regarding use of artificial intelligence in graduate education.

Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into graduate research education is a sign of progress and innovation and should be embraced as a tool to advance the education and research mission at CU Anschutz. Responsible use of AI requires detailed attribution that explicitly documents the nature of AI involvement in data analysis, writing assistance, generation of figures or other uses, along with clear demarcation and candor regarding the limitations of AI. The research scientists and scholars of tomorrow will leverage AI-based tools to hone their own ideas, facilitate communication, and push the frontiers of health-related research. The Graduate School at CU Anschutz aims to train scholars who understand AI-based technologies' strengths, limitations, and biases, and who will be prepared to deploy such tools ethically and transparently to advance a wide array of fields in the future. The Graduate school encourages programs to develop policies and curricula that prepare students for this future.

This statement was crafted, in part, using ChatGPT 4’s September 25, 2023 version.

Guidelines for Graduate Students

The below guidelines were developed collaboratively between the School of Medicine with Campus Health Sciences Faculty Committee and modified by the Graduate School.

We, as members of the CU Anschutz Community, strive to be innovative and curious in our approach to the use of new technology. Especially, given our commitment to improving health and biomedical research, we are responsible to approach the use of these tools with integrity and professionalism.

  1. Never enter identifiable patient information, unpublished data, grants or unpublished manuscripts into third party tools.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the pitfalls of various tools such as bias, incorrect information and others.
  3. Be vigilant about the presence of biases in work generated by AI/ML and strive to prevent dissemination of these biases.
  4. Avoid use of AI/ML to replace successful, evidence-based study strategies, given concern these tools may negatively impact learning.
  5. Critically evaluate any AI/ML generated responses with knowledge from course work and other resources.
  6. Be honest and transparent about the use of AI and ML tools in curricular work such as studying and assignments. Citation of use should include name of the specific tool (and version) used and how it was used (outline generation, first draft, final draft). Ex: ChatGPT, v4 was used to generate an outline for this paper.
  7. Failure to cite use of outside tools may be considered plagiarism and will be addressed in the same way other academic professionalism lapses would be.

Key AI Tips from CU Anschutz OIT

IMPORTANT! Contact the Risk and Compliance team for assistance vetting AI prior to acquisition or email Risk and Compliance. It is important to highlight if the AI is intended for clinical purposes or will use highly confidential data such as FERPA, HIPAA data. Avoid uploading or sharing university data into unvetted AI systems as they are not secure.

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