Guidance for Using Generative AI in Coursework

Generative artificial intelligence (GAI) tools have strong potential to support learning and improve communication. But they also have very clear dangers, including short-changing student learning and spreading misinformation. This guidance is intended to support two primary goals:

  • Enhance learning. Ensure that if students use GAI, it enhances rather than detracts from their developing abilities to think critically, write persuasively, analyze effectively, and generate original code.
  • Award credit fairly. Establish a foundational understanding among students and instructors about the need for transparency, fairness, and equity regarding GAI tools, and ensure that grades, credits, and credentials awarded by the Harvard Chan School reflect genuine student accomplishments and meaningful learning.

This guidance will be evolving. We invite your suggestions and questions to help us continue to refine it via this feedback form.