Through a partnership with Google, University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access a suite of Google-powered communication and collaboration tools designed to enhance our ability to work together. The suite includes email, calendar, document sharing, instant messaging, and Web site publishing tools.
The University has moved to Gmail as its primary email. You will keep your d.umn.edu address, but use Google’s advanced email interface – without ads. It also comes with a powerful spam filter. You can access University email by clicking on the Email link on the top right of this screen, and then choosing Log into Gmail. If you log in from the Gmail webpage you will need to enter your full address (including the "@d.umn.edu") in the Email spot.
For detailed information on using your University Gmail account, please see information on the Email Services page from OIT (Office of Information Technology in the Twin Cities).Departmental Accounts
Departmental email accounts (Internet ID and email) will be created for any official U of M organization (department, division, laboratory, office, committee, research project, etc.) or function (for example, the webmaster or front desk of a department). Departmental accounts should be used only for official organization business and should be monitored on a regular basis by an organizational contact person. See the Service Requests Page to request a new account. To verify an account, or to change who the owners of the account are:
Mail Delegation can be useful for people who want others to have access to read or respond to mail on their behalf. For example, you can delegate email rights to up to 10 others, such as administrative and executive assistants, in your unit. This feature is recommended primarily to access a supervisor's email in order to complete correspondence on their behalf. For privacy and security reasons, it is not recommended for general use at the University.
Effective October 2014, all Google Apps have been enabled for the University Google users, with the exception of Gmail for Health Care Component-related accounts.
See the Google For Education training site for information on the applications available.Google for Health Care Component-Related Accounts
Due to privacy concerns, Health Care Component-related accounts have limited access to Google Apps. Please see OIT's site regarding Gmail for HCC accounts.
Note, in order to get your group built in to UMD mail routing, you should request a group through the University of Minnesota Web form (and not through the google groups home page).
For more information, consult Using Google Groups.
For information on Google Course Groups, check out the Google Course Group page.
ITSS support and service for mobile devices is limited. Due to the sheer volume of models, carriers, and services, ITSS support is limited to basic configuration assistance for email and calendar access. Additional set up or troubleshooting assistance is available as a billable service.
With the University's move to Google Apps for email and calendar, it's easier than ever to access this data from your mobile device. Following is the basic information you will need to configure access to these services. We encourage you to try these directions on your device before calling for assistance.
There are a number of ways to access Gmail on your mobile device:
If you need further assistance, here are a few things to try:
If the problems persist, call the ITSS Help Desk to set up an appointment for assistance. At this time, ITSS staff are providing limited free technical support for the mobile web browser (option 1) or Gmail App (option 2) only. If you would like ITSS assistance in configuring your mobile device's email or calendar client (option 3), please call the Help Desk and provide an EFS number for billing and we will queue your request.
However, Google Apps currently possess accessibility barriers. Educational institutions have faced litigation over the inaccessibility of Google Apps.
The University of Minnesota Accessibility Standard illuminates helpful best practices. They are to:
For further information, including tools and tips for using Google Apps, please see this InfoTech News article.
Most email clients can be pointed at the Google Apps servers and be made to work. At this time ITSS strongly encourages users to use the default, browser-based interface. We find that it is very fast and intuitive and for the vast majority of users it will be the best choice. We will provide only very limited support for any other email clients, especially as we work hard to roll out Google Apps in its default. At this time, ITSS staff are only able to provide free technical support for the Gmail web client. If you wish to use a desktop client (Thunderbird or MacMail), please refer to the online instructions here.
As of Oct. 30, 2014, Google began to offer Google Drive for Education to University of Minnesota Google accounts. Drive for Education provides for unlimited storage and enhancements to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos.
Some of the benefits of unlimited storage include:
It is recommended that users review the Acceptable Use and Data Security policy information for private and sensitive data, export controlled data and intellectual property. The University of Minnesota and Google have negotiated contractual terms and conditions that protect the privacy and confidentiality of University student, faculty, staff, and alumni data in the U of M Google Apps suite of services.
Users also should be aware of copyright regulations and infringement ramifications when sharing files, as outlined in the Google Terms of Service.