The UCSB Writing Program recognizes the swift growth and widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) writing technology such as large language models (LLMs) and chatbots. As writing and rhetoric specialists committed to preparing students to write for academic, professional and civic engagement, we emphasize the importance of rhetorical, communicative, and continual engagement with developing writing throughout the process of composition. Given the expanding role that large language models will undoubtedly play in our students' lives, we encourage highly mediated, critically-aware, and transparent use of AI writing technology.
The Writing Program has developed the following policy statement, focusing on four key points. This statement also includes guidelines for both teachers and writers. Read the full statement here.
Dr. Dan Frank and Dr. Jennifer Johnson led the effort developing, researching, and writing this AI policy, with the support and input of the entire Writing Program.