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Google Drive now available for collaboration and storage at NDSU

Faculty, staff and students now have access to Google Drive through Google Apps at NDSU.

Google Drive provides 30 GB of space that can be used to create and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Those files can be easily shared with other NDSU faculty, staff and students and with people outside of our university. Google Drive can also be used to collaborate in real time and sync files to a computer or mobile device.

All employees and students automatically have their own NDSU account for Google Apps. Google services including Gmail and Google Calendar are not accessible through NDSU accounts.

To get started using Google Drive, go to:

Google Drive has been approved by NDSU’s General Counsel and can be used to store data and records protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

NDSU employees and students have a number of options for storing data related to their work at the university. For employees, NDSU’s central file services system, also referred to as Windows File Services, is the best option for securely storing and backing up sensitive data. 

"The Information Technology Division is expanding options for data storage, and we’re working as a campus to develop guidelines to help select the best storage option for the specific data you’re working with," said Marc Wallman, interim vice president for information technology. "We recognize that departments have diverse needs, and with that, we know the decision making process requires discussion between our staff and the employees who are storing data."

If you have questions about the data you are storing or about FERPA, HIPAA or export control restrictions, contact NDSU's chief IT security officer at



Contact the NDSU IT Help Desk at 231-8685 (option 1) or if you have questions or need assistance. 

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North Dakota State University
IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
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