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Leeds Beckett's guiding principles for the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI)

Generative artificial intelligence tools provide challenges to scholarship and opportunities to enrich learning when used appropriately, ethically, and responsibly. Any use of these tools must be acknowledged and referenced correctly, whether you are including generated text or images in your work or have used them as part of the planning, editing, or proofreading process. 

Leeds Beckett generally permits using these tools to generate ideas, explore research, and seek guidance on improving written work where their use does not breach academic integrity regulations. Before using any of these tools, you should familiarise yourself with Leeds Beckett's guiding principles and check for School, course, module, or assessment-specific guidance about acceptable use.

Guidance (including referencing practices) for the use of artificial intelligence tools will change over time, so you should regularly check for any additions, clarifications, or changes to University, referencing, School, course, or module information.

Responsible use of generative artificial intelligence

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools can be valuable in helping you to explore ideas and enhance your understanding, but they should never replace the development of your skills (particularly critical thinking and writing) or as a substitute for undertaking your work. Like any tool, you should consider its use and be aware of the following:

  • Acknowledge use: The use of generative AI tools must always be acknowledged in your work, whether this is part of the research and planning process or if it has been used in proofreading or correcting your work. This includes software with generative AI functions (including Grammarly/GrammarlyGO) which you may use to support a disability or language need.
  • Plagiarism: When including AI-generated content in your work, you must ensure that you reference it correctly. Any paraphrases, translations, or summaries created by AI need to be treated as direct quotations (with secondary referencing). 
  • Paraphrasing, summarising, and translation: The use of paraphrasing or translation tools may be prohibited for certain assessments or by specific courses and Schools.  Check with your course team if you are uncertain of what is allowed. AI-generated paraphrases, summaries, and translations do not count as your own work under the University's Academic Regulations so you must treat them as direct quotations and reference correctly (using secondary referencing) in your work.
  • Over-reliance: Overuse of these tools may hinder your learning and lessen your academic skills. It is easy to use these tools to overedit work to the extent that it could no longer be considered your own work.  
  • Accuracy of information: These tools are not search engines and, although they may present information that appears credible, it is often wrong. You will likely find that their citations are often fabricated. You must apply your knowledge and judgment to the credibility of any output and cross-check any information against credible sources.
  • Critical thinking: These tools do not replace critical thinking. They may not pick up on subtleties and nuances in summaries and they cannot apply real-world understanding to develop an evidenced argument. Depending on their dataset, they may additionally perpetuate biases, false information/"fake news",  stereotypes, or an over-reliance on Western perspectives in their output. 
  • Data privacy and copyright: Do not enter sensitive, personal, or protected information, copyrighted materials, or the intellectual property of others in these tools. This includes assignments, exams, seminar and lecture slides, and other course materials which are the intellectual property of the University. Access our Artificial Intelligence and Copyright guidelines and our Copyright webpage for further information. 

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