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Using Information Responsibly for Your Assignments: AI in Education


Midjourney, Inc.. (2023). Midjourney (Version 5.2) [Generative art model].

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that can help us teach and learn in new ways. One type of AI called "Generative AI" is especially exciting because it can be used to generate content. The University thinks it's important for teachers and students to learn about AI and to use it responsibly and wisely so we can use it to improve our education, learning and careers.

"AI is a double-edged sword; we should use but not abuse it, use it as a research but not cheating tool, and most importantly, use AI to think with you, but not for you." (CUHK, 2023) 

The University has published a guideline regarding using Generative AI in Education: "Use of Artificial Intelligence Tools in Teaching, Learning and Assessments - A Guide for Students", stating clearly how the University may integrate AI tools in its teaching and learning while upholding academic honesty, integrity and quality. 

As a general principle, unless specifically permitted, students are expected to complete all coursework, formative and summative assessments independently without the use of AI tools or other forms of unauthorized assistance. Otherwise, the case should be handled in accordance with the University’s Procedures for Handling Cases of Academic Dishonesty if a student is found to have used AI tool in the assignment/assessment.

Cautions for Using Generative AI

Like any other technology, Generative AI has its advantages and disadvantages when used in the context of university study and research. Here are some key problems and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration:

  • Originality & Biases: Generative AI is trained on large datasets. It is not capable of "creating" original ideas. Biases may reflect those present in the training data and can be perpetuated and amplified in the content generated.
  • Accuracy & Reliability: Generative AI can produce content that appears coherent and well-written, but the AI-generated information might not always be accurate or reliable.
  • Plagiarism & Academic Honesty: Generative AI can be misused to generate content in assignments and research, potentially leading to higher instances of plagiarism and compromising academic integrity.
  • Copyright: The copyright or intellectual property rights of the output generated by generative AI is not always clear.
  • Overreliance on AI-generated Content: Students and researchers are recommended to use scholarly sources in scholarly journals, primary sources and other essential research materials for their work.

To learn more about the guidelines and best practices for using AI tools, please refer to this library guide

When is it safe to use ChatGPT?

How to Cite AI-Generated Content

Any ideas and content that did not come from yourself must be cited in your work, including those content generated by AI tools. It is also important to include the prompts you used since the “chat”(i.e. your prompts and the responses from the AI tools) is not retrievable by other readers. The prompts can be stated in your content or listed by a copy of the text as an appendix.

Below is an example showing the format of in-text citations and references in APA citation style.

In-text citation format:

  • Parenthetical citation: (Company, Year).   e.g. (OpenAI, 2023).
  • Narrative citation:  Company (Year)    e.g. OpenAI (2023)


You can also supplement your writing with an Appendix that included the entire "chat" and add a description in the in-text citation.


Reference format: 

  • Company. (Year). AI Name (version) [Descriptor]. URL
  • e.g. OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Mar 25 version) [Large language model].


For more information related to citing AI-generated content in different citation styles, please see below:

Tools to distinguish between AI-written and human-written text

The influx of AI not only brings many influences to academia but also brings challenges to cope with the changes. Identifying AI-written text has been one of the important points of discussion in academia. There is NO TOOL that can 100% accurately distinguish between text written by real people and text written by AI, but you can try the following tools as a reference.

AI Classifier by OpenAI


AI in Education Survey Results

Good Reads (Journals)

Nature Machine Intelligence

Top Journal with 23.8 in 2022 JIF

International Journal of Computer Vision

Top Journal with 19.5 in 2022 JIF

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence

Top Journal with 14.4 in 2022 JIF

The Artificial intelligence review

The Artificial intelligence review

Top Journal with 12.0 in 2022 JIF

Good Reads (e-Books)

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