One final note: University Business magazine did a nice article on the
pros and cons, as well as changes vendors have made in their contracts
with Universities to satisfy FERPA and privacy concerns. Check out:
for additional details.
John A. Resotko
Head of Systems Administration
Michigan State University College of Law
208 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
email: [log in to unmask]
Current Chairperson of the
MSU Network Communications Community
>>> Kim Geiger <[log in to unmask]> 4/24/2009 11:16 AM >>>
Thank you very much for this succinct recap, Esther.
>>> On 4/24/2009 at 11:11 AM, "Esther V. V. Reed" <[log in to unmask]>
> For faculty/ staff, the issues were security (not guaranteed),
> (not guaranteed), FERPA (thus violated), management (MSU folks could
> do anything), backups (not guaranteed) and ownership (everything is
> Google's). The big catch was Google's license essentially stated it
> owned anything sent through its servers and could publish anything
> however it wanted -- MSU would essentially be giving away ownership
> research material, and broadcasting material that is federally
> to be protected. MSU and Google are still working on these terms.
> The rule of thumb for anything Google (or any other non-MSU email /
> application system) is only send or store things that you don't care
> they show up on the front page of CNN. Nothing private,
> sensitive or protected should go there.
> Hope that helps!
> ~ Esther
> Esther V. V. Reed
> IT Systems Administrator
> MSU Graduate School
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MSU Network Administrators Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Behalf Of Kim Geiger
> Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 10:57 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [MSUNAG] Google Mail
> Can somebody refresh my memory on why we decided not to move student
> and/or faculty staff email accounts to Gmail under Google's
> Somebody asked me, but I have only the vaguest recollection.