Elon University student emails will switch to Outlook from Gmail during Spring Break

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While students are away for spring break, their email platforms will switch from Google Workspace to Office 365. According to an email sent by Elon Information Technology, the change will take place on March 14.

Campus deputy director of technology Pat Donohue said the change won’t impact old documents or emails. Students will still have access to the rest of Google Workspace, such as Google Drive, but not Gmail.

“We see that as you get the best of both worlds,” Donohue said. “We’re not removing anything, just returning the default email to one place.”

The update comes after a two-year delay – the IT department decided to put the change on hold when the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020.

But not everyone sees it as a good change. Sophomore Quin Student said he was upset the change was happening halfway through the spring semester.

“I don’t understand why they would do it in the middle of the school year, or in the middle of the semester for that matter,” Student said. “It’s probably something they should have done over the summer, especially if they had a better plan.”

The change only affects sophomores, juniors, graduates, and law students. Undergraduate seniors do not change their platforms. The freshman class and other freshmen were only given access to Outlook for email, so the change won’t affect them.


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