CSUN to deactivate alumni email accounts – Daily Sundial
More than half a million CSUN alumni will have their student email addresses deactivated on June 30 due to licensing changes by Google, according to a representative from the school’s information technology department. The changes, however, will not apply to students graduating this spring.
Google announced a storage policy update in 2021 limiting the number of accounts and the amount of storage shared by all users, at each school starting in July.
Google’s contract changes will not only affect CSUN alumni, but also a number of alumni from California State University system campuses and other universities across the country, according to the director. of CSUN Media Relations, Carmen Chandler.
Former students said they received emails from CSUN in April telling them that their student accounts were going to be deleted.
“Communications are being sent to CSUN alumni who are still using their my.csun.edu emails notifying them of the change,” Chandler said. “They are encouraged to contact the university’s IT help desk if they have questions or need assistance transferring or deleting data from their account.”
Student assistant in CSUN’s IT department, Anthony Arakelian, said alumni — as well as current students — can transfer their data from their CSUN emails to their personal accounts. Arakelian said they can also send their data to software storage services, such as Dropbox and OneDrive.
Once the transfer is complete, Google will send a link with instructions on what can be transferred and how the data can be moved to their other email account. Arakelian said the process is simple and should be done before emails start being deleted.
“After the [June 30] deadline, all data in that account will be deleted,” Arakelian said. “The only thing that will be left is the actual email – the name and numbers – just in case they come back, so they don’t have to get another email.”
Arakelian said deleting alumni emails is key to making room for new student accounts.
“If alumni emails weren’t disabled, that would mean that current or prospective students…students wouldn’t get a student email account because [CSUN] already hit the ceiling,” Arakelian said.
James Corwin, a 2009 graduate in film and television arts, called and tweeted CSUN, expressing his displeasure about it.
Wow @csunorthridge , your IT department is so caring and warm. I expressed my dissatisfaction in long form with the way former students are treated given the promise to keep the university email. This is the answer. Not proud to be a former CSUN. pic.twitter.com/0YURtIdyb3
— James Corwin (@Corwin_James) April 14, 2022
Prior to this Google policy update, CSUN advised students that they could have access to their email long after graduation.
“CSUN graduates from Fall 2009 onwards can keep their Gmail accounts for life,” an email response from IT sent to Corwin in September 2017 reportedly read.
When Corwin heard the news that his account was deleted, he was upset because he thought he could keep his email account forever.
“They’ve known that for a long time,” Corwin said. “They could have chosen an easier solution than sending an e-mail to all the students 2 months in advance and saying: ‘We’re fucking you now.’ Good luck.'”
Jesse Gonzaga, a sociology graduate and CSUN graduate in 2020, also felt frustrated with the decision to delete the emails.
Gonzaga said one of the perks of attending CSUN was being able to have an email account for life.
“Since entering CSUN as a freshman, one of the benefits of attending this campus was that email would be available to alumni for life,” Gonzaga said. “As a student, we all obviously use email [for] more than just a school. We all have important files and it’s an easier way to keep in touch with professors after graduation if you need anything.
The Sundial contacted Chandler and the IT department to inquire whether emails from graduating students this spring and beyond will eventually be deleted, and received no response.