Google Apps added for faculty and staff

University of Kentucky faculty and staff now have access to UK Google Apps. Students have had access for the past year, and now it’s time to make it available to the larger university community. Accounts are optional for faculty and staff, but they provide access to Google Sites, Talk, Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Blogger, Reader, Voice, Code, Picasa and Webmaster Tools. Others may be enabled in the future.

A Google Apps account and its associated email does not replace Exchange email and calendaring for UK faculty and staff, but instead provides additional tools that may be helpful for instruction and productivity at the user’s discretion. Google Apps may be used only for materials and information not covered by HIPAA, FERPA, PHI or other similar regulations.

You can get started now:  Instructions for creating a University of Kentucky Google Apps account and FAQs are available from UKIT’s Help webpage.

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Visti UKIT’s Help webpage to find instructions and FAQs.
  • When you are ready to login, visit http://www.uky.edu/google.
  • If you set up an account but never plan to check your Gmail, make sure to go into your Google Mail settings and forward email to your Exchange account or the email that you use regularly to avoid any misdirection.
  • Your Google Apps password is not tied to your Linkblue password, so it won’t change unless you change it or reset it in the Account Manager.
  • UKIT Service Desk cannot reset your Google Apps password, but you can do it easily from Account Manager.

Google Apps provides support through online support information and an online community. You can find support within the web page for each application (usually under Tools).

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