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We encourage faculty to be mindful of a number of considerations when using gen AI tools. These include:

  • Privacy and security: Generative AI tools, especially those that are text-based, store your information and use it to train their models. Thus, any information you input and information you upload can become part of that model’s training set and used and shared in unintended or unexpected ways. We encourage users to refer to guidelines provided by SFA’s Information Technology Services team in order to protect institutional and personal data.
  • Misinformation and inaccuracies: Generative AI tools may generate responses that are inaccurate or outdated. We encourage users to independently verify the information provided by Gen AI tools.
  • Ethics: Generative AI tools have created many open question ethical questions surrounding issues of transparency and oversight, political use, environmental impact and safety (among many topics). We encourage users to consider that some populations may be at greater risk of harm than others by the use of AI.
  • Bias: Because generative AI creates content based on data provided by other sources, it can inadvertently reflect biases present in the training data. We encourage users to thoughtfully and critically evaluate content created by generative AI for fairness and bias.