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Honor Committee finalizing plans for generative AI forum

The Committee also heard updates on hearings and case investigations

The Committee entered into a closed session at 7:05 p.m. to discuss campaigning for the upcoming Feb. 28 student referendum, where students will vote on the newly drafted multi-sanction Honor Constitution.
The Committee entered into a closed session at 7:05 p.m. to discuss campaigning for the upcoming Feb. 28 student referendum, where students will vote on the newly drafted multi-sanction Honor Constitution.

The Honor Committee met briefly Sunday to discuss finalization of the upcoming generative Artificial Intelligence forum with the Batten school. 11 out of 26 members were in attendance, meaning the meeting did not reach quorum and the Committee could not vote on constitutional or by-law matters. 

The generative AI forum, slated for March 15 at Garrett Hall and hosted by the Batten school, is currently in the process of being finalized. Students and CIOs such as the Committee will discuss the implications of AI on academic integrity, notably given recent popularity of platforms such as ChatGPT that are capable of assisting students with schoolwork.

ChatGPT — which recently exploded in popularity following its Nov. 30 launch date — is an artificial intelligence program that functions like a search engine. The program has been used to write academic papers and complete academic assignments, both of which violate the University’s Honor Code. 

Honor will attend Batten’s forum as a member of the AI task force that has been assembled by the University to discuss the community’s response to AI. The overall list of panelists speaking at the event is still being finalized.

The Committee also discussed updates on hearings and investigations. There is a new hearing scheduled March 26 and five active investigations. Two investigation panels have moved to accuse, meaning these cases will move to the hearing stage. 

The Committee entered into a closed session an hour into the meeting to discuss campaigning for the upcoming student referendum, where students will vote on the newly drafted multi-sanction Honor Constitution. This Constitution was drafted following a Constitutional Convention in response to last year’s elimination of the single sanction expulsion. The Committee did not return from this closed session. 

Voting for on the referenda — among other Student Council, University Judiciary and Honor Committee positions — will open on Feb. 28  and close on March 2. In order to ratify the constitution, three-fifths of students must vote in favor of the change, provided that at least ten percent of the entire eligible voting population has voted in favor of such an amendment. If passed by the student body, the new constitution will go into effect July 1.

The next Honor Committee meeting will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Trial Room of Newcomb Hall.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the generative AI forum will be held on March 4. The forum is actually being held on March 15 and the article has been changed to reflect this.  

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