AI and Codecademy's Integrity Policy

Hi, everyone!

Given the growing popularity of AI tools such as ChatGPT, we needed to address the elephant in the room.

Some of you may have noticed the recent update to our Guidelines, specifically under “Integrity.” The update reads as follows:

“We do not, under any circumstances, tolerate cheating or dishonesty.

Please do not post answers or ask for them.

Some people may help you by posting some code or showing you errors, but the goal must remain to help others to learn; cheating is not tolerated. If we see anybody cheating, we will delete the post and, depending on the circumstances, possibly ban your account.

Having integrity also means not posting AI-generated answers (like from ChatGPT or other similar tools). We consider these unreliable answers and contributions to our Forums and will delete them.”

Why have we taken this stance regarding AI?

As a learning platform, Codecademy strives to push learners to arrive at solutions by thinking critically and trying their own solutions first. Unfortunately, relying on AI to generate code, can end up hurting more than it helps.

We appreciate there is still a level of nuance and grey area as AI continues to develop, and we know we’ll likely have to adjust our AI policies as the technology advances. In the meantime, we thank you for understanding and abiding by our guidelines.

Happy coding!