About Google at NC State

I am a student.

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Got a question not answered here? Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page!

 

From a student perspective:

Why did we outsource student email to Google?
  • 7+ GB of email storage per account
  • World class spam and virus protection
  • Integrated communication features that include email, chat, and scheduling
  • Mobile Access to email and applications
  • NC State-centered collaborative tools
  • Keep the same UnityID@ncsu.edu email address
What about my data? Is it safe? Isn’t Google just going to sell my information to make themselves richer?
  • Google will never sell your data.
  • You will never see advertisements in your NC State Google Apps account like you do in a regular Gmail account.
  • Your e-mail is your data – Google doesn’t own it, you do.
  • All communication is encrypted whenever using Web-based Gmail, Web-based Chat, Web-based Calendar, Docs, and Sites. The Google Talk Desktop Client is not encrypted. Also, if you sync your email or calendar with auxiliary devices, that material may not be encrypted either.
  • All email is filtered for spam, viruses, and to prevent phishing attacks.
Will faculty and staff have Google Apps accounts?
  • The Google Apps @ NC State team is working on migrating all employees to Google Apps @ NC State. New employees joining the university now receive a Google Apps @ NC State account for their official university email.
  • Unity/Webmail users have until May 20 to opt in to migrate, after which OIT will migrate all remaining Unity/Webmail users.
  • The Google Apps @ NC State team has begun implementing and testing the process to migrate GroupWise/WolfWise accounts to Google Apps.
  • In addition to the actual transfer of email, calendar and contact data, there are many other aspects of the transition that are being worked out.
  • This summer, the team anticipates beginning a staged migration of GroupWise/WolfWise user accounts that will continue into the next academic year.
  • This effort is being documented on "Migrating" section of this website as well as the Next Generation (NexGen) E-mail Project page.

 

From a business perspective:

Why did we outsource student email to Google?
  • Provides nearly 150 times more email storage capacity per student at a cost savings versus over our existing infrastructure
  • Estimated $60K savings per year
  • Provides collaborative tools and modern e-mailing/communication systems at a substantial cost savings as to what could be produced with a similar campus implementation
  • Frees up IT personnel to innovate for campus rather than maintaining legacy systems
  • Google users will maintain their unityID@ncsu.edu e-mail address (only the delivery point changes)
What about the students' data? Is it safe? Isn’t Google just going to sell their information to make themselves richer?
  • All data in student email accounts belongs to the student, not to Google. Google will never sell their data.
  • Students will never see advertisements in their Google Apps @ NC State account like they do in a regular Gmail account.
  • Secure (SSL) connections are available and enabled for Gmail, Web-based Chat, Calendar, Cocs, and Sites (SSL is not available for the Google Talk desktop client, Google Video for Business, or Google Apps Start Page).
  • All student e-mail is automatically filtered for spam, viruses, and to prevent phishing attacks. This is performed inside of Google, which allows the university to avoid paying for existing antivirus/spam filtering tools in the future.
Will faculty and staff have Google Apps accounts?
  • The Google Apps @ NC State team is working on migrating all employees to Google Apps @ NC State. New employees joining the university now receive a Google Apps @ NC State account for their official university email.
  • Unity/Webmail users have until May 20 to opt in to migrate, after which OIT will migrate all remaining Unity/Webmail users.
  • The Google Apps @ NC State team has begun implementing and testing the process to migrate GroupWise/WolfWise accounts to Google Apps.
  • In addition to the actual transfer of email, calendar and contact data, there are many other aspects of the transition that are being worked out.
  • This summer, the team anticipates beginning a staged migration of GroupWise/WolfWise user accounts that will continue into the next academic year.
  • This effort is being documented on "Migrating" section of this website as well as the Next Generation (NexGen) E-mail Project page.