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University of Manitoba Students' Union vice-president Liam Pittman and president Tracy Karuhogo say the union is working with the university to make sure students know AI apps like ChatGPT should only be used with their instructors' approval. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)

CBC Manitoba: AI tools like ChatGPT can be useful, students say, but students’ union warns of tough penalties for cheating

September 5, 2023 — 

As first-year students at the University of Manitoba get their bearings around campus, they’re also navigating recently introduced guidelines on the use of powerful new artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT — and the number of cases of plagiarism using the app have started to climb.

At the start of the year, there were virtually no such cases, said Francois Jordaan, a U of M academic integrity specialist.

But he’s seen several cases a week over the latest summer session, he said.

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