Vanderbilt Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Deans Used AI to Write Letter to Grieving Students

Two Deans with Vanderbilt’s Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion used ChatGPT to write a letter in response to the Michigan State University shooting. While the letter was meant to spur community for grieving students, the letter has been criticized after a note at the bottom stated the contents were paraphrased “from OpenAI’s ChatGPT language model, personal communication.”

From Information Liberation:

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Joseph sent a follow-up, apology email to the Peabody community on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CST. She stated using ChatGPT to write the initial email was "poor judgment."

"While we believe in the message of inclusivity expressed in the email, using ChatGPT to generate communications on behalf of our community in a time of sorrow and in response to a tragedy contradicts the values that characterize Peabody College," the follow-up email reads. "As with all new technologies that affect higher education, this moment gives us all an opportunity to reflect on what we know and what we still must learn about AI."