These Schools and Colleges Have Banned Chat GPT and Similar AI Tools

New York City Public Schools is one of the biggest school districts to ban ChatGPT. A few international universities have followed suit. It's unclear if U.S. colleges and universities will ban AI tools.
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  • Notable U.S. K-12 systems that banned the AI tool are the New York City Public Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • A few international universities have banned ChatGPT and similar AI tools.
  • It's unclear whether or not U.S. colleges and universities will ban the tool.

While U.S. college faculty wrestle with embracing or banning AI (artificial intelligence) tools like OpenAI's ChatGPT language model, several U.S. K-12 school districts and a few international universities have already axed it.

ChatGPT has proved its academic prowess by writing essays and passing high-level exams, including the United States Medical Licensing Examination and law school exams. And AI is only getting smarter with the new release of GPT-4, an updated version of the language model ChatGPT uses.

The most notable K-12 school districts to ban ChatGPT include the New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) and the Los Angeles Unified School District. NYCPS quickly restricted the AI tool from the classroom, citing negative impacts on content safety and accuracy.

"While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success," an NYCPS spokesperson told Chalkbeat New York.

So far, two international universities, Sciences Po in Paris and RV University in Bengaluru, India, have banned the AI tool's use across the entire school.

The outlook is more opaque for U.S. colleges and universities. BestColleges previously reported that colleges are providing recommendations to staff and letting instructors decide how or if the AI will fit in their classrooms.

According to a new BestColleges survey, only a third of U.S. college students say either their instructors, syllabi, course materials, or school honor code has banned AI tools.

However, as the ChatGPT becomes more commonplace in education, more tools are being developed to detect if a piece is AI-generated or human-made.

U.S. School Districts and International Universities Banning ChatGPT

Last Updated: March 27, 2023 at 3:37 P.M. EST

U.S. K-12 School Districts

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Anchorage School District


Los Angeles Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District


Baltimore County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools

New Jersey

Clifton Public Schools

New York

New York City Public Schools

North Carolina

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Union County Public Schools


Union Public Schools

South Carolina

Berkeley County School District

Charleston County School District

Greenville County School District


Fort Bend Independent School District


Fairfax County Public Schools

Loudon County Public Schools


Seattle Public Schools


Milwaukee Public Schools

International Universities

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Sciences Po, Paris


RV University, Bengaluru