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StudySoup and FSU: FSU does not condone buying or selling notes on any platform
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Some companies that facilitate buying and selling course notes may give the impression that they are FSU-approved and a legitimate partnership exists. They may also promise you that you are not violating any policies by selling your notes. This is not the case.

FSU does not condone the buying and selling of class notes on any platform.

StudySoup, in particular, is very misleading in the information they communicate to students. StudySoup is using FSU’s logo without permission and we are concerned that students are being duped into thinking a legitimate partnership exists, and that instructors approve of the practice of students selling notes to classmates. FSU is not affiliated with this company in any way, nor does FSU condone the selling of study notes through this company, or others like it. FSU has taken steps to have StudySoup remove the FSU seal from their website to avoid further legal action against the company.

Selling course notes uploaded to StudySoup, or selling notes distributed in any other fashion, will often violate FSU policies. Learn more about FSU's Policies on Self-Advertising using FSU resources.

As a student, why shouldn't I buy notes or study guides? Surely they will help me get a better grade

A number of businesses hire students to sell class notes and study guide answers. While it is undoubtedly tempting to purchase these "study aids," they will not necessarily help you to do well in your classes regardless of what they and fellow students may claim. Instructors do not recommend the purchase of these notes as they are not official course materials and the efficacy of study notes uploaded to these sites is not monitored. FSU students should not be influenced in any way to purchase these items as there is no mechanism in place to monitor quality or accuracy.

If you are concerned about your academic success, we recommend the following:

  • FSU’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), including tutoring. These services are sanctioned and monitored by FSU.
  • Attending class regularly.
  • Meeting with instructors during office hours.
  • Forming study groups with classmates - participating in a study group is very different from buying and selling notes.
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