1. What is UniYu?
UniYu is a new collaborative guide developed for university students. With UniYu, you can share your notes and assignments, buy and sell your books, freely express your opinion, and make the right choice when it comes to classes, professors, or student clubs. UniYu also helps you meet and interact with other students. But enough descriptions, just try it out, it's as easy as it's free!
Developed by young graduates in Montreal, independently and without any sponsors, the platform fully meets the daily needs of each and every student, with even more services on the way.
This beta version is only open to McGill, Concordia, HEC Montréal, UdeM, Poly, UQAM, ÉTS, Sherbrooke, Laval, University of Toronto, Queen's, University of Ottawa, and University of British Columbia students, but don't worry, other universities are coming soon!
2. Who can subscribe to UniYu?
The UniYu platform is only for university members and anyone with a valid university email address can register. This beta release initially grants access to members of the following universities: McGill, HEC Montréal, Concordia, UdeM, Poly, UQAM, ÉTS, Sherbrooke, Laval, University of Toronto, Queen's University, University of Ottawa and The University of British Columbia.
3. How come only students from those five universities can be members?
Just because we've selected these three universities it does not mean that we do not care about other students. We are still testing this platform, called Bêta, therefore, we had to make a choice, which naturally led us to the universities where we studied and the universities geographically close to them. We hope to offer access to students in Quebec and beyond as soon as possible!
4. What kind of information will I be sharing?
At UniYu, you have complete control over what information is shared! Only your first and last name, your university email, and your university status (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, or alumni) are prerequisites for registration.
5. Do I need to register my real name?
Yes you do! It is probably the best way to moderate comments while preserving our freedom of speech. We believe that using real identities is helpful for the honesty of opinion and that doing so will help maintain good spirits throughout the network. And like we said, you don't have to share anything you don't want to.
6. What is a Bêta?
A beta version is a website under development which is not open to everyone. We are in beta, so new sections and features are coming soon to make this project even better than it is today, all thanks to you! We want to hear your feedback in the UniNext section of the site and on our Facebook page or our Twitter account so we can make the best site for you possible!
7. How do I register?
If you hold an academic email address from one of the universities selected by UniYu, it's easy! All you have to do is visit the UniYu home page and to complete the registration form. Then, a confirmation link will be emailed to you. Just click to confirm your email address and voila, you are a UniYu member!8. Do you have agreements with these universities?
Not at all! This is a student project, made by students for students.
9. How are you financing this project?
For now we are funding the project entirely ourselves! We do not have any sponsor, any trade agreement, and there is no boring advertising on the website.
10. What is the business model?
If you've got a lot of money lying around and enjoy business models, we should meet and talk...
11. Is one more social network really even useful?
Whoa! Where did you get social network from? UniYu is a support network. The goal here is not to share your personal information but rather to share information that is generally useful to others. UniYu is not about staying in touch with friends or checking up on people you barely know, we all know you have a Facebook for that, but to meet new students and get the most out of your university experience. There are many other social networks out there which we personally think are very cool for a variety of reasons. UniYu is not there to compete with any specific service but to offer something different. Give it a shot and you'll find yourself asking, "Why this didn't exist before?"
12. Sharing notes and homeworks, is it legal?
Absolutely! All resources on UniYu are legal so long as you use them legally. You can download notes if you're not using them to cheat during an exam and you can use the homework of another student for learning if you are not plagiarizing. Even if you're kind enough to share your own notes and homework, help everyone out by not plagiarizing works or teachers without proper citation. You're in university, you know better.
As stated in the Terms & Conditions the rules of your university will prevail. It is forbidden to share on UniYu a document considered as confidential by your university (ie. Future exam, a stolen document, etc.) Make sure you always respect the rules of your university, especially those governing plagiarism, before sharing and using documents on UniYu.
13. Why should I share my notes and homework?
Taking a course is about a lot more than the materials covered in class. Haven't you ever taken a class where you could have used a little help from someone who had already been through what you're doing? Share notes and homework to help out people in that position and there will be others doing the same for you. Everyone wins. That's the sort of student spirit we like at UniYu!
14. Is it legal to sell my books using UniBooks?
Absolutely! Dealers can sell books that they had perviously purchased for their studies, and not for resale profits. The dealer will then enter a price lower than the purshase price depending on the condition of their book.
15. If I agree to sell or buy a book on UniYu and I change my mind later, what happens ?
On UniYu, you do not commit to anything! It is just a platform to meet. Once you are in contact with the buyer or dealer, you establish the terms of your purchase agreement. We encourage you to check the status of the book before you buy it!
16. Rating and commenting on teachers without their prior consent, is that legal?
Absolutely! Other websites you're almost certainly aware of do precisely that. But unlike these other sites, here a student cannot anonymously comment on a teacher, course, or association.
17. Who is behind this project?
A young and handsome group of people from France, the United States, Iran, and Montreal. We all had a fantastic time as students in Montreal and wanted to create a student resource to make sure everyone's experience is the best it can be. And give yourself some credit too. A platform with no one to support is pretty useless, so you're just as behind this as we are!
18. What is "UniSurfing"?
UniSurfing is the main section of the UniYu website. Essentially, UniSurfing enables students to travel from one university to another. Users discuss and rate the universities and also browse and search through the students of these universities who are also on UniYu. A search option allows you to be linked with students who could help you in any subject, from astrophysics to yoga.
19. What is "UniTalk"?
UniTalk allows users to text and chat, not only with their friends, but with the students who are close to them, be it the same classroom, library, or cafeteria.
20. What is "UniClass"?
UniClass is a section that allows students to rate, provide feedback on, and choose their courses.
21. What is "UniProf"?
UniProf is an identical section for teachers.
22. What is "UniNotes"?
With UniNotes, students can share, rate, and comment on their own notes and homework. This is a new vector of knowledge sharing that works within and between universities.
23. What is "UniBooks" ?
Here, students can buy or sell their textbooks. An easy and effective way to reduce university fees and recycle books that can be put to good use rather than rotting in old boxes.
24. What is "UniAssociations"?
UniAssociations allows students to rate, comment, and chose their associations so they can more easily join student life available at their own university.
25. What is "UniNext"?
UniNext allows students to participate actively in the UniYu project. Go to UniNext to express your opinion on our project, share your own ideas, and help us make this website even better than it is today.
26. Can I delete my profile?
Absolutely, anytime! But we will miss you...
27. If any information that is incorrect, misleading, or insulting is posted on UniYu, what can I do?
You can report any complaints to the UniYu administration. We will make sure to deal with any erroneous, misleading, or offensive information that may temporarily appear on the website.
28. What is "My Top 5"?
The Top 5 are simply a list of five students of your choice. Since they are prominently displayed on your page, you can easily see when they are online to quickly start a conversation! When you add a favorite contact, your identity won't be revealed. It is up to him/her to guess who you are.
29. What happens after I graduate?
As long as your university email is valid, you can be registered as a member of UniYu. We just hope that you'll update your status on your profile page so UniYu can remain as accurate as possible.
30. How can I contact you?
UniYu is a support network developed for students. With UniYu, you can share your notes, buy or sell your books, and make the right choice when it comes to classes, professors, or student clubs. UniYu also helps you meet and interact with other students. But enough descriptions, just try it out, it's as easy as it's free!
Developed by young graduates in Montreal, independently and without any sponsors, the platform fully meets the daily needs of each and every student.
This beta version is only open to McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal, UQAM, HEC Montréal, ÉTS, Polytechnique, Sherbrooke, Laval, University of Toronto, Queen's University, University of Ottawa and Univeristy of British Columbia students, but don't worry, other universities are coming soon!Sign up now!