Date: June 2, 2011
To: Barnard Faculty and Staff
Re: Google Apps and Security and Sensitive Information
In the fall of 2010, Barnard successfully transitioned its email and calendaring systems to Google Apps for Education (gBear) which provides the college with a robust platform for collaborative communications. Today, BCIT is happy to announce that faculty, staff and students may now take advantage of all of the core tools for collaboration in Google Apps for Education – including Docs, Sites, Chat and Groups. Docs and Sites will appear in your gBear menu (in the top right hand corner of gBear mail and calendar) some time in the next 24 hours. You will have to sign out and sign back in before you can see this change.
The information provided below explains the appropriate use of Google Apps, as it relates to your role at Barnard College and your handling of private and sensitive data.
Appropriate uses of Google Apps:
BCIT and the College stand behind the security and the use of Google Apps, and we encourage its use for most information except where that information is incompatible with Google Apps due to federal, state or policy regulation. Policies and regulations change, so be cautious; if you are concerned or have questions, feel free to ask for guidance.
Guidelines for sharing data securely:
Additional support for gBear and “Frequently Asked Questions” can be found on the BCIT website at http://barnard.edu/google.
If you have other questions, please contact the BCIT Service Desk at 212-854-7172, or email firstname.lastname@example.org