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Graduates: Pack your digital suitcase!

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from NDSU! As you prepare to move forward with your career, please remember to pack your digital files and take them with you.

Your accounts are set to expire
  • Your NDSU email account will remain active for approximately 18 months after your last semester actively enrolled for credit at NDSU.
  • Your other information technology accounts are scheduled to be removed in early spring 2015. 

To prepare for the closing of your accounts:

  1. Download and save files stored in your NDSU accounts
  2. Forward your NDSU email to a personal account
  3. Update your contact information in Campus Connection
  4. Remove NDSU-provided software from your personal computer

Detailed instructions for each of these steps are given below.

Step 1: Download and save files stored in your NDSU accounts

Download and save files stored in your NDSU accounts to your computer or other personal file storage area. These may include files stored in Blackboard MyFiles, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive for Business and your NDSU email account.

Blackboard MyFiles
    1. Log in to Blackboard using your NDSU electronic ID and password
    2. Click the Files tab in Blackboard
    3. Check the box next to each document you want to download and save (or check the box at the top to select all)
    4. Click Download Package to generate a .zip folder
    5. Click OK or Save, and then choose where to save the folder on your personal computer, disk or USB flash drive
          Google Drive
          1. Log in to your Google account using your NDSU email address (typically firstname.lastname@ndsu.edu) and password
          2. Click Drive
          3. Check the box next to each document you want to download and save (or check the box at the top to select all)
          4. Click the More button at the top of the page, and then choose Download
          5. Click Download to generate a .zip folder
          6. Click OK or Save, and then choose where to save the folder on your personal computer, disk or USB flash drive
                    Microsoft OneDrive for Business

                    If you have not yet done so, download and install the OneDrive for Business client to prepare your computer to sync the files.

                    The OneDrive for Business client is only available for Windows computers. If you have a Mac computer, you will need to log in to your NDSU Office 365 account using the Outlook Web App and manually download your files.

                    Sync your OneDrive files to your computer:
                    1. Log in to your NDSU Office 365 account
                    2. Click on OneDrive in the top menu
                    3. On your OneDrive for Business page, click Sync
                    4. At the prompt, click Sync Now to start the sync app
                    5. Click Sync Now in the app to start the syncing
                    6. Click Show my files to open the synced OneDrive for Business folder in File Explorer
                    7. Once your OneDrive for Business client is synced, a green check mark will appear next to each file or folder
                    Copy your synced files to your computer:
                    1. Create a new folder on your computer where you want to save the files
                    2. Open the new folder and open your OneDrive for Business folder
                    3. Highlight the files you want to copy in your OneDrive folder and drag them into the new folder
                    4. Wait for the files to finish copying
                    5. Verify you can open some of the copied files 
                    Disconnect and uninstall your OneDrive for Business account from your computer:
                    1. Right click on the OneDrive for Business icon in the system tray
                    2. Click Stop syncing a folder
                    3. Select OneDrive – North Dakota State University
                    4. Click Stop syncing
                    5. Click Yes
                    6. Go to the Start menu and select Control Panel
                    7. In the upper right corner, change View by:  to Small icons or Large icons
                    8. Open Programs and Features
                    9. Find OneDrive or OneDrive for Business in the list of programs
                    10. Right click on the name and select Uninstall
                    11. Follow the prompts to uninstall the OneDrive for Business client
                    NDSU Email

                    You have two options for moving important email messages and attachments out of your NDSU email account:

                    1. Manually forward important messages to a personal email account, or
                    2. Set up both your NDSU email account and a personal email account in a single email client (e.g., Microsoft Outlook), and then drag the messages from your NDSU account to your personal account. View instructions on how to set up your NDSU email account in some email clients.

                    Step 2: Forward your NDSU email to a personal account

                    If you haven’t yet done so, set up a personal email account with an address that reflects your professionalism. Update resumes and other job application materials with your new email address, and set up email forwarding to continue to receive messages sent to your @ndsu.edu address within the next 18 months. 

                    Your NDSU email account will expire 18 months after your last semester actively enrolled for credit at NDSU.

                    Set up email forwarding
                      1. Go to http://login.microsoftonline.com
                      2. Log in using your NDSU email address (@ndsu.edu) and password
                      3. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the page and choose Options
                      4. Under "shortcuts to other things you can do" on the right side of the page, click Forward your email
                      5. In the Forwarding section of the page, enter the email address to which you would like your messages forwarded
                      6. Leave the checkbox checked to ensure you don’t lose any messages
                      7. Click start forwarding

                      Step 3: Update your contact information in Campus Connection

                      Add your personal email address as your preferred email address in Campus Connection to continue receiving important messages after your NDSU email account expires.

                      1. Go to www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/connect/portal
                      2. Log in to Campus Connection using your N.D. University System identifier (typically firstname.lastname) and password
                      3. Under the menu on the Student Center tab, click Campus Personal Information
                      4. Click Email Addresses
                      5. Click the Add An Email Address button
                      6. Click the Email Type drop down, and then select the type
                      7. Enter your personal email address in the Email Address field
                      8. Check the Preferred box, and then click the Save button to finish

                      Step 4: Remove NDSU-provided software from your personal computer

                      If you've installed NDSU-provided software on your personal computer for use as an NDSU student (e.g., Read & Write Gold), be sure to remove that software from your computer.

                      If you have the free version of Microsoft Office software provided through the Student Advantage Program installed on your computer, the license will expire and the program will go into read-only mode.

                      Questions?

                      Contact the IT Help Desk at 231-8685 (option 1) or ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu.


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                      Last Updated: Monday, December 01, 2014 10:10:16 AM