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Microsoft Copilot offers AI assistance while protecting your data

Friday, April 12, 2024

UGA students, faculty, and staff have access to the online version of Copilot, an AI-powered chatbot provided by Microsoft.

Copilot is a conversational chat interface with several capabilities, including search and information retrieval, text generation, image creation and code writing.

Unlike other generative AI tools found online, Copilot is housed within UGA’s instance of Microsoft, meaning UGA data is not shared with outside entities or used to train external AI models.

Some ways faculty and staff might use Copilot to improve their productivity:

  • Ask Copilot to develop low-stakes quiz questions for your course.
  • Use Copilot to provide background information in a new area of study and as a starting point for exploring new research topics.
  • Use Copilot to assist in drafting concise and effective emails and appropriate customer service responses. Provide the context and have Copilot create a draft for you, then edit the draft to suit your needs.
  • Ask Copilot for how-to documentation on common business processes or technology questions, for example, “How do I create an UGAMart cart?” or “How do I switch my Duo authentication device?”
  • Use Copilot to proofread and edit documents.

To access Copilot, visit and log in with your UGA email address ( and password. Copilot is also now accessible in the UGA Mobile app.  

Please note that large language models (LLMs) may occasionally incorporate fabricated, incorrect, or biased information in its output. Copilot users must be prepared to independently verify all output for validity and applicability and be aware that hallucinations and bias may be present in the tool’s output. For more information, visit Microsoft's website.

For more information about the use of AI in academic work, students should reference's UGA Academic Honesty Policy. Instructors can reference the Academic Honesty toolkit in eLearning Commons. 

For more information, visit our Knowledge Base or contact Justin Sackett at

This information was accurate and complete at the time of publication. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of the information.