Louisiana State University has issued a statement warning its students against the use of artificial intelligence after star gymnast Olivia Dunne posted a video on social media promoting the technology in connection with essay writing.
Dunne, 20, posted a TikTok video on Sunday about the AI powered website Caktus AI, which has since gone viral among its more than 7.2 million followers on the popular social media platform.
«I need to get my creativity flowing for my essay that is due at midnight,» read a caption on the video.
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The video, which has had nearly a million views, prompted the university to issue a warning to its students, warning them about plagiarism.
«At LSU, our faculty and students are empowered to use technology to learn and achieve the highest standards of academic integrity,» the statement said, via The Advocate.
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«However, using AI to produce work that a student then represents as their own could result in a charge of academic misconduct, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.»
LSU’s student code of conduct does not specifically describe the use of artificial intelligence, but qualifies plagiarism as academic misconduct.
Plagiarism is defined in the code of conduct as «a failure to quote properly, or the unrecognized inclusion of another person’s words, structure, ideas, or data; the failure to identify a source, or the presentation of essentially the same work for two assignments without authorization from the Instructor».
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The statement did not specifically name Dunne.
Dunne is in his junior year at LSU. In 2021, he made the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and was a WCGA Academic All-American. Dunne was a WCGA All-American on the uneven bars and, in 2022, he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.