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Matt: If a source does not exist the student has, with or without ChatGPT, committed academic dishonesty. At my school that’s enough to report them through the usual protocols and it’s pretty easy to prove. In fact, I just advised a new adjunct faculty member that if he could show a made up source, he would have a much easier time making his case to student conduct and could probably throw in the AI report for good measure.

I think part of the problem is that the discourse of getting away with it is much more shared, but nobody talks about the time they got caught. While FERPA would never allow for it, I think an apology to the class would be appropriate for serious offenders—especially for online classes—because the cheating student has degraded the academic experience of everyone.

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