The California State University recently became aware of the NoteUtopia website (www.noteutopia.com), which allows and encourages college students to post class notes for sale to others.
According to a recent article in the Sacramento Bee, the company has been promoting
and marketing the web site to students at two CSU campuses, Chico and Sacramento,
and hopes to expand to campuses across the country. The article indicates that students
from both of these CSU campuses have already posted class notes for sale on the NoteUtopia
California Education Code section 66450 prohibits any business or person from selling
or otherwise distributing or publishing class notes for a commercial purpose. Section
66451 provides for associated criminal penalties. It is important to know NoteUtopia
and any similar company that distributes/sells class notes violates these statutes.
Most importantly, section 41301, Subsection (b) (14) of Title 5, California Code of
Regulations, which is the Student Conduct Code that governs all students at all 23
CSU campuses, prohibits the "unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication
of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose."
This means that any CSU student selling class notes, including on the NoteUtopia web
site, is subject to discipline, up through and including expulsion from the University.
For additional information about the campus procedures and the Student Conduct Code,
please visit the Dean of Students Office website at http://www.csusm.edu/dos/conduct/index.html
Dilcie Perez, Dean of Students