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Google Apps 

MSU Google for Education

MSU Google for Education is integrated with MSU NetIDs and passwords and offers increased securities and protections not found in the public version of these applications.

Google DocsGoogle Drive (with Docs)

Provides 30GB of storage and a place to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Collaborate in real-time.

Google CalendarGoogle Calendar

Organize schedules and share events and calendars with others.

Google Classroom icon graphicGoogle Classroom

Create and collect assignments and collaborate on discussion boards. Also includes Drive folders for each assignment.

Google Contacts icon graphicGoogle Contacts

Provides a place for your online address book and is integrated with Calendar, Drive, and other Google products.

Google SitesGoogle Sites

Enables you to work together to keep and optionally publish, web content, documents, and other information in one place, on one site.

Using Google for Education

Exercise caution and discretion when working in Google for Education.

MSU has executed a Google Apps for Education Agreement with Google for MSU-specific access to the “Core Apps” listed above that provides limited protections. Use of any other Google tools for MSU data is not recommended.

Institutional data

MSU remains obligated to protect certain types of data. Most forms of confidential data should NOT be used with any Google Apps. Google has agreed to properly host MSU’s FERPA protected educational records as an institutional agent in Core Apps only. Please avoid any use of Google Apps with confidential data (other than educational records).  Similarly Google Apps should NOT be used for any information subject to U.S. export control laws.

See the Appropriate Use of the Michigan State University Google Apps Education Services (PDF) for additional guidance. See also MSU’s Policy on Access to Student Information.

Document owner responsibility

Document Owners using the Core Apps must regularly review sharing permissions to validate authorized parties have a valid need-to-know, and that content of documents is appropriate for hosting under the Google Apps for Education Agreement.

Document owners must ensure compliance with MSU policies when granting access to documents and avoid improper disclosure of confidential data that could occur from sharing folders and individual documents. Neither MSU nor Google makes backups of information stored on these services. MSU users should assume individual responsibility for regularly backing up information and data they store with Google.

Browser compatibility

Google for Education supports the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, Google will begin supporting the latest update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.  

If you have any questions regarding use of MSU Google Apps, call the IT Services Support Desk at (517) 432-6200 or submit an online form.