Student email is being switched to Microsoft Office 365, also known as O365, from the current MyYSU portal email system.
Ken Schindler, YSU associate vice president and chief technology officer, said his office is considering a similar switch for staff and faculty in the near future after consulting with the Information Technology Advisory Committee.
“Microsoft Office 365 is significantly more robust, cost-effective and user-friendly than our current system,” he said. “Other universities, including Georgia State, Furman and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, have had much success with the move to O365, and we look forward to the same experience here at YSU.”
Schindler said his office, in consultation with others on campus and Student Government, explored various email providers and chose O365. He said there is no ongoing cost to the university. B2B Technologies in Atlanta is assisting in the conversion.
O365 provides students 125 times more mailbox space than the current system, he said.
In conjunction with the switch, YSU will no longer allow students to forward email to other email accounts, a practice that resulted in the forwarded email being tagged as SPAM, resulting in all YSU email being blocked by the Internet. “Clearly an unacceptable situation,” Schindler said.
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