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Microsoft Office 365 for Students

Notice for September 2, 2020

On September 3rd, ICT will be making changes to all student accounts that will provide you access to additional Microsoft Office products, increase the security of your accounts and allow you to use additional collaboration tools for your classes.  

The below-detailed instructions on how to access O365 will only apply once those changes have been made. While most of these changes will be seamless, there will be some changes in the way that you access documents on your OneDrive.  

If you had previously signed up for free access to Office 365 and want to access your OneDrive you will need to login by visiting https://portal.office.com and log in using an alternative username (abcd1234@mylaurierca.onmicrosoft.com) and your previous password. 

To access your new OneDrive and the other Office 365 products that are available to you after the change, you will log in by visiting https://portal.office.com and using the same username as before (abcd1234@mylaurier.ca) and using your email account password.   

 

Microsoft Office 365 for Students

Laurier provides Microsoft Office 365 to every student free of charge. As long as you’re a student here and the program continues, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

With this version of Office you are able to:

  • install Office on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, plus five tablets
  • 5 TB OneDrive storage for automatic device syncing
  • use the same programs as faculty members to ensure full file fidelity

Applications

You have access to the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and 5 TB of storage through OneDrive for Business that is available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class.

Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft Teams

Collaborate with classmates, colleagues and professors using Teams.

Microsoft StreamMicrosoft Stream

Share video files and see the recordings that your professors share using Stream.

Obtaining Microsoft Office 365

For PC and Mac:

  • Visit portal.office.com.
  • Log in with your student @mylaurier.ca email address and email password.

For iOS and Android:

  • Download Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint from your app store.
  • Sign in with your @mylaurier.ca email address for full editing capability.

If you have trouble installing Office, Microsoft's installation guide may resolve your issue. You can also contact the ICT Service Desk at support@mylaurier.ca if you have any questions.

Student O365 Account Terms of Use

Microsoft Office 365 (O365) accounts, which include personal @mylaurier.ca email accounts, are provided to students in order to administer the University-student relationship, ensure a channel of communication between students and University faculty and staff, and to allow for collaboration, learning, and research. These Terms of Use set out the University’s expectations for students while using O365 accounts provided by the University.

All registered students must read and agree to the following Terms of Use before accessing their account for the first time. Each year, students will be required to renew this commitment.

Students should be aware their names and @mylaurier.ca email addresses are visible to other students, faculty, and staff through O365. This is necessary for students to access and use the collaboration tools included in O365. If a student is concerned about the visibility of their name and email address, please contact support@mylaurier.ca.

Acceptable Use

Use of all University provisioned information technology is covered by Policy 9.1 Use of Information Technology. Students should also note the following additional information regarding the use of Office 365 accounts.

Personal Use

Student accounts may be used for personal purposes provided such use does not:

  • Misuse access to names and/or email addresses visible within O365.

Privacy of Content

While the University respects the reasonable privacy of emails and other records stored or distributed on its servers and networks, students should be aware there is no guarantee of privacy. The University has the right and ability to access information on its systems for a wide variety of legitimate reasons, including: 

  • To engage in technical maintenance, repair and administration;
  • To meet legal requirements to produce information, including electronic records;
  • To prevent or investigate misconduct and ensure compliance with legislation and University policies;
  • To delete, retract, or remove access to records provided by mistake.

Account Retention

Student @mylaurier.ca email accounts which have not been accessed for five years may be deleted without notice. Upon leaving the University, students should ensure any documents, emails, or other records stored in their O365 account are backed up or saved on a personal device or cloud account if long-term retention is a concern.

Compliance 

Non-compliance with the Terms of Use and University policies may result in disciplinary action under the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct or Student Code of Conduct: Academic Misconduct and/or termination of access to their Office 365 account.  

Questions 

For questions about these Terms of Use, please contact support@mylaurier.ca for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions