Office 365 - Groups

Overview:

Office 365 Groups (not to be confused with Contact Groups) provide an online space that departments, project teams, committees, or other groups can collaborate.  They allow individuals to keep calendars, project notes, files, and more.  They are similar to but less complex than SharePoint Sites

Features and Benefits:

  • Can be accessed from all supported web browsers, and most mobile devices.
  • Provides a place to store and edit files, as well as keep task lists and calendars
  • Each group owner can add and remove individuals from an Office 365 group, without having to go through IT.

Authorized Users:

  • Faculty 
  • Staff
  • Student Employees (if requested by their employing department)

Request Process:

Any faculty/staff member with access to Office 365 can request an Office 365 group site.  See the "Creating and Securing an Office 365 Group" article linked on this page for the process.


User Responsibilities:


Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Office 365 Groups should be accessed via supported web browsers only.
  • The Office 365 Group Owner/creator is responsible for managing permissions on the site.  IT can provide guidance, but is not responsible for assigning/correcting permissions.
  • It is strongly recommended that multiple owners are set for each Office 365 group

Hours of Availability:

  • The service is available at all hours.

Customer costs:

  • There is no fee for this service.  

Support:

  • Submit a ticket on this site via the Request Assistance button
  • Please note that as of now, Office 365 Groups are a best effort support application.  There is limited documentation available from New Paltz, and individuals should first seek assistance in the Help function within Office 365 Groups application.