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Student email changes postponed

May 24, 2016

EmailEDITOR’S NOTE: This initiative has been postponed. Watch NIU Today for further information.

On Tuesday, May 31 – one week from today – the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will begin to switch student email from Gmail to Office 365.

During the week-long transition, students can receive email in either Gmail or Office 365 until the the switch is complete.

Student Considerations

  • DoIT will not be moving student email and files from Google Apps to Office 365. If you are interested in retaining your data, read these directions. This can be done up to Dec. 16, 2016.
  • Students will have access to the entire Office 365 suite, including email, OneDrive, Skype and Office downloads for 400 days after graduation. After 400 days, the account will go through multiple states before data deletion. To keep an NIU email address after a year, consider joining the NIU Alumni Association.

Faculty Considerations

  • Because students will have diminished availability to their email during the week of May 31, it is suggested to limit student email communications during the cut-over week.
  • For information regarding calendaring, the discontinuation of Google Sites and other information about Office 365 for Education, see the DoIT website.


Contact the DoIT Service Desk for support or questions.