University cheats on notice after launch of ChatGPT detection software

Most universities nationwide will on Wednesday have the option of using popular anti-plagiarism software service Turnitin to detect whether a student has used a chatbot to help write an essay or complete an assessment.

But some of the country’s biggest institutions including the University of Sydney, Monash University and Deakin University have said they will not use the software – at least initially – and are instead ramping up other detection methods to catch students using ChatGPT to write papers.

What is ChatGPT and why are schools and universities so worried about students using AI to cheat?

Generative AI ChatGPT offers endless opportunities to seek an answer to any question you've ever had, but its creation has also been met with concern.

A Queensland Department of Education spokesperson said it had blocked ChatGPT for students on the department's network until it could be fully "assessed for appropriateness".

Queensland joins NSW in banning the app in public schools. Victoria has ruled out blocking ChatGPT.