Information Technology Statement on Artificial Intelligence

The Office of Information Technology (IT) believes that artificial intelligence (AI) holds immense potential for Elon University to support and advance teaching, learning, and university operations. IT is committed to deploying AI technologies in alignment with the University’s Generative AI Statement and Elon’s Generative AI Statement for University Operations.

Guiding Principles:

  • Partnership: As a service provider and thought partner, IT will work in tandem with departments and disciplines to explore AI technology as it evolves to support teaching, learning, and university operations. IT will provide leadership, guidance, and expertise in connection with others’ expertise to explore and adopt AI in consideration of the desired pace and resources of the institution.
  • Innovation: IT is committed to exploring the possibilities that AI holds to serve our university. We will partner with university departments to explore how AI may support and advance their work (academic and university operations). We want university employees to be empowered to explore AI on their own, curious about the impact of AI in their field, and open to innovation that advances work.
  • Information Security: IT will faithfully steward university data and technology systems, being attentive and cautious to protect users’ privacy and ensure the security of university data.
  • Stewardship of University Resources: We are attentive to the return on investment of implementing AI technologies, especially as companies unveil new platforms and add-ons to existing systems. We are committed to strategically adopting AI technologies with the greatest impact and prioritizing investments in those areas.

Information Technology is dedicated to upholding the principles of fairness, transparency, and responsible use of AI technologies. By adhering to these principles, we strive to ensure that our use of AI is ethical and just. We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes the responsible use of technology for the betterment of our community.