Vanderbilt University apologizes for using ChatGPT to write mass-shooting email

Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School has apologized to students for using artificial intelligence to write an email about a mass shooting at another university, saying the distribution of the note did not follow the school’s usual processes. Last Friday, the school emailed its student body addressing the tragedy at Michigan State that killed three students and injured five. At the end of the school’s email, there was a surprising line “Paraphrase from OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model, personal communication, February 15, 2023.” As a result of the discovery, there was an outcry from the school’s students about the use of AI to write the letter about community during human tragedy. This caused the associate dean of Peabody to send an apology the following day and calling the use of ChatGPT “poor judgement.”

Screenshot of the initial email sent by the Peabody EDI Office as taken on Feb. 17, 2023. (Hustler Staff/Brina Ratangee)

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