Valpo Uses Google Apps for Education

Information Technology has partnered with Google to allow collaborative use of Gmail, Calendaring, Instant Messaging, and Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. This system allows IT to better serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff by providing a more robust set of features within a cloud-based collaboration and storage platform. This system also allows the Valpo community to access the full range of applications through any web browser on any internet-enabled device (including mobile devices) from anywhere in the world.

Accounts use the standard firstname.lastname@valpo.edu address format, and passwords are linked with the Account Management System that synchronizes passwords across multiple Valpo systems.

Google's privacy policy protects Valpo users:

  • It's our content, not theirs. Our Apps content belongs to Valparaiso University, or individual users at Valpo. Not Google.
  • Google doesn't look at your content. Google employees will only access content that you store on Apps when an administrator from the Valpo domain grants them explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting.
  • Google doesn't share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
  • Google sometimes scans content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection. Google's systems scan content to make Apps work better for users, enabling unique functionality like powerful searching in Gmail and Google Docs. This is completely automated and involves no humans.

For more information please see the Google Apps for Education Privacy and Security Page.