Professor falsely fails entire class for ChatGPT plagiarism

A professor falsely flunked an entire class for ChatGPT plagiarism. An incident in Rzeszow in which a professor falsely accused students of plagiarism using ChatGPT.

A recent incident at an elementary school in Rzeszow has sparked a debate about the role and understanding of AI in the education. On October 11, the entire class received failing grades from a teacher who accused them of plagiarism due to their use of ChatGPT for homework.

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The growing integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into education systems around the world has proven both beneficial and difficult. Although AI tools such as ChatGPT can help generate creative ideas and content, there can be misunderstandings about their appropriate use, leading to controversies like the one in Rzeszow.

Incident: The Case of Rzeszow

October 11Homework assignment using ChatGPT
One week laterHanding in the assignment and accusations of plagiarism
Shortly thereafterFiling a complaint with the school board

The homework assignment, released on October 11, was based on a skeleton ChatGPT, and students were tasked with filling in the gaps using ChatGPT, a widely used chatbot. However, after receiving the completed assignments, the teacher, whose identity remains undisclosed, accused an entire class of plagiarizing work using a chatbot. Despite the instructions for the task, the teacher gave all students failing grades.

Outraged by this action, the students wrote a letter of complaint to the school board, and their parents were informed of the incident. The students are now demanding a formal review of the teacher's evaluation by the school district.

Understanding plagiarism in the age of AI

The question at the heart of this controversy is this, whether the use of of AI tools to generate text can be considered plagiarism. Current academic guidelines on AI and plagiarism differ, and this incident underscores the need for clear understanding and guidance on the role of AI in science.

The big picture: AI in the education system

AI tools have become an integral part of the modern education system, and the Their appropriate use should be understood by both teachers, as well as students. The National Council of Education's position on the incident is that it signifies a serious lack of understanding on the part of staff members regarding the use of AI technology in science.

Looking ahead: Preventing future misunderstandings

Establish clear guidelines for the use of AI in sciencePrevents misunderstandings
Educate staff on AI and its role in educationEnsures appropriate use of
Taking into account the use of AI during gradingProvides a fair assessment

To avoid similar incidents in the future, a coordinated effort is needed to establish clear guidelines for the use of AI in science. Teachers should also be educated about the role of AI in education and how students use AI tools. In addition, the evaluation process should take into account students' use of AI tools to ensure fairness and appropriateness.


The Rzeszow incident serves as a signal to improve understanding and guidelines for the use of AI in education. Both educators and students need to become more aware of the nuances associated with modern educational tools to ensure their appropriate use and prevent such misunderstandings in the future.

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