Tips for Setting Your Course Approach to AI Use
- Stanford instructors may set course policies regarding generative AI use as they choose, according to guidance from the Board on Conduct Affairs. The guidance recommends that such policies are stated in the course syllabus and communicated clearly to students.
- Consider your learning goals to help guide how you encourage and/or limit students’ AI use, such as on which types of coursework or which portions of assignments AI use is permitted and in what ways.
- Explain limitations on AI use to students, perhaps by connecting to the learning goals of the course, how assignment expectations mirror exam or quiz expectations, industry standards (e.g., publication standards), or common industry cases (e.g., needing to give thoughtful/persuasive/clear input on the spot during board meetings).
- State your policy in your course syllabus and the Course Policies and Norms form (if desired), and then follow up in class with your students.
- Continually remind students of AI use policies, such as when major assignments are given, not just at the start of the quarter.
- If you allow or encourage AI tool use, assign coursework or offer alternatives that all students may complete effectively if they are unable or choose not to use AI tools. Stanford does not yet support any generative AI tools for use.
- Looking for information about AI detectors? If you choose to use them, we recommend a high degree of caution. See more under our FAQs for Reducing Unpermitted Use of AI Tools.
- For more guidance on developing your course policy on AI, see Stanford Teaching Commons’ resource on Creating Your Course Policy on AI.
Template Syllabus Statements for Generative AI Use
Adapt the template syllabus statements below to fit your course.
In this course, you may use generative AI tools for all coursework according to the following data privacy guidelines.
Be sure to review and follow the guidelines provided in Stanford IT’s resource on Responsible AI at Stanford. UIT has advised the Stanford community to avoid inputting information that should not be made public when using a generative AI tool. This includes personal or confidential information of your own or that others share with you, as well as proprietary or copyrighted materials ([Include relevant material types for your course: e.g., case studies, data sets, assignment prompts]) that may be included in your coursework. Information you enter into a generative AI tool may be shared with third parties, and the tool may use your prompts or questions to inform content generated for other users.
In this course, you may use generative AI tools according to the following guidelines. Any use of AI-generated material in student work outside of these guidelines will be considered a violation of the Honor Code and subject to consequences.
Guidelines for use:
- Be sure to review and follow the guidelines provided in Stanford IT’s resource on Responsible AI at Stanford. UIT has advised the Stanford community to avoid inputting information that should not be made public when using a generative AI tool. This includes personal or confidential information of your own or that others share with you, as well as proprietary or copyrighted materials ([Include relevant material types for your course: e.g., case studies, data sets, assignment prompts]) that may be included in your coursework. Information you enter into a generative AI tool may be shared with third parties, and the tool may use your prompts or questions to inform content generated for other users.
[Optional: Select one or more additional guidelines for use from the list below, according to what applies for your course. Highlighted text should be edited to fit your course policies.]
- Use generative AI tools only according to the specific guidelines given for the assignment. Review the instructions for each assignment for more details. It is also acceptable to not use generative AI tools for an assignment that allows you to do so.
- You may use generative AI tools for [specify allowable assignment types, e.g., homework assignments, problem sets, projects/papers, and exam prep], but not on [specify not allowable assignment types, e.g., for in-class work or on exams or quizzes]. [May parallel the categories given in and/or refer to the Course Policies and Norms form, if using.] [Instead of specifying assignment types here, include: Refer to the Course Policies and Norms form for the assignment types on which AI tools are allowed.] It is your responsibility to avoid becoming dependent on AI tools in your learning such that you are unable to master the course goals, which [always/sometimes] require you to complete tasks and demonstrate skills without the use of AI tool assistance. [May explain additional allowances for using AI tools, e.g., you may use AI tools during the brainstorming or editing phases but not the drafting process of a writing assignment / you may use AI tools to help you understand and digest challenging readings but not in assignments, which test and enhance your understanding by asking you to apply those concepts to new contexts.]
- All ideas, reflections, and analyses you present in your coursework must be your own. AI tools are only permitted in this course to help you brainstorm starting points, develop prototypes and placeholders, and revise your work. [May include additional guidelines, e.g., Use AI tools only in the ways you might get help from a classmate, TA, or tutor — to brainstorm suggestions or practice skills, but not to generate ideas or arguments or to create final products. If you use AI tools to enhance your learning, make sure you are learning in a way that allows you to complete assignments or assessments without AI tools, if required.]
- The use of AI tools during class time is not permitted, [May include rationale, e.g., so that we can continue to get the most out of our in-person interactions].
- Cite all AI-generated material and/or explain how you have drawn on AI-generated material in your work. Please cite AI-generated materials using [MLA style / APA style / Chicago style] formatting [or explain your preferred method of citing content, e.g., include a short paragraph with each assignment explaining how you used generative AI tools / attach a copy of the chatbot conversation or other prompting that helped you produce assignment material].
- Be prepared to fact-check and critically evaluate all AI-generated information. [May include additional explanation, e.g., Most AI chatbots aren’t designed to write sentences that are true — they are designed to write sentences that are plausible. Many AI tools get their training sets and information from the internet and can’t make judgements about the information they draw on.] Generative AI tools can provide false information (called ‘hallucinations’), perpetuate biases and/or stereotypes, or draw on copyrighted information without proper attribution, and such problematic information is often presented very convincingly. The materials these tools generate does not necessarily meet the standards of this course.