Academic Integrity,  Assessment and Evaluation,  Generative AI

ChatGPT Detection Tools – neither approved nor recommended at USask

Within weeks of the release of ChatGPT, generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) detectors were claiming to be able to identify the text it produces. However, a growing body of research has found that these detection tools are not effective. Even the company that created ChatGPT (OpenAI) abandoned their detector in July 2023 due to its low rate of accuracy.

Consequently, such tools are neither approved nor recommended for use at the University of Saskatchewan.

Here is what recent research has demonstrated about the lack of efficacy of these tools:

1.) They are unreliable – False positives can lead to false accusations

False positives occur when a detector concludes that text was produced by GenAI when it was not. See Why AI detectors think the US constitution was written by AI to learn why some topics are more likely to be flagged as GenAI output.

Problems with bias


2.) They are unreliable – False negatives lead to missed cases

False negatives take place when the detector concludes that text was not produced by GenAI when it was.

“Breaking” the detectors is easy.


3.) Their use raises copyright concerns

It is a potential copyright violation to put the work of another person into a third-party tool without their permission. If you, as the instructor, do not acquire permission from each student for submitting their work to GenAI or plagiarism detectors, doing so could be a copyright infringement issue and/or a violation of the University’s Use of Materials Protected by Copyright Policy.


GenAI detectors are not approved nor recommended USask tools.

No detection tool has been approved for use at the University of Saskatchewan.

Staff in Teaching and Learning and ICT continue to monitor developments.



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