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Google for Education

The University of Alaska provides all students, staff, and faculty with a UA Google account, which is accessed primarily through the browser interface. All active users have full access to Google Apps, including mail, calendar, drive, docs, etc. A full list of tools available to users can be found at our Google Resources page.

Access to these resources is managed through Group Security Manager. Accounts can be tied to the same group to streamline access management or to different groups depending on your needs. This brings management of group resources to the university while allowing your entire department to access shared resources.

UAS offers the following group/departmental Google resources to help facilitate collaboration and to ease management:

Navigate the tabs above to learn more about each resource. When you decide which is right for you, fill out a Request Form.

Google has a strict policy on Privacy and Security, ensuring the safety of information present on their servers. Please be aware that Google isn't right for everything. Do not include educational records, medical records, counseling notes, protected research, credit card/banking numbers, SSNs, and other restricted data in the Google environment.

Guidelines of best Google practices.

How to use Google at UAS

Resource calendars are a great tool for organizing and planning events, schedules, and equipment rentals. A UA provisioned resource calendar will streamline access management for departmental related calendar tasks.

The information maintained in these calendars are under ownership of the University, rather than any individual account. This means that all information in the calender is retained by the University after an employee leaves.

With a resource calendar, you and your team can:

  • Set Appointments - Do you have departmental office hours and want people to schedule meetings ahead of time? Google has Appointment Slots to help schedule your meetings when you want them.
  • Create Events - Want to establish a meeting for a specific date or is someone's birthday coming up soon? You can create special events within Calendars.
  • Manage Student Schedules - Do you need to make sure your front desk is staffed during hours of operation? Help manage absences, schedule changes, and student shift schedules with a resource calendar.
  • Room Scheduling - Does your department have conference rooms that need to be scheduled in advanced? You can manage room scheduling with a resource calendar.
  • Manage rental equipment - Do you have specialty equipment that you rent or loan out? Manage your equipment with a resource calendar.

If this tool sounds right to you, check out our printable information flyer.

Resource Calendar

While G Suite for Education includes privacy provisions not found in its commercial products, making it more suitable for educational use, be aware that Google isn't right for everything.

Click here for guidelines of best Google practices.

Click here to view Google Guidance.

Google fileshares present UA members and organizations with the means to collaborate and store documents (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms are all available) in a web-accessible location that is managed and owned by the University.

Perks of having a Google Fileshare:

  • A Google Fileshare can provide a place for peers to collaborate simultaneously on user end documentation such as brochures, forms, how-to documents, flyers, and other published material.
  • Access is managed departmentally and keeps ownership of UA content within the UA System.
  • Google Fileshares provide visibility to the team. This can be useful when onboarding a new team member. Instead of sharing each individual document with a new employee during onboarding, the new employee has full access once added to the group by the manager.
  • Unlike local fileshares, users do not have to be connected to the campus network. Simply just log into Google Drive and start collaborating.
  • Files maintained in these fileshares are under ownership of the University, rather than any individual account. This means that important documents are retained by the University after an employee leaves.

If you are working with any UA groups or teams that are collaborating in an individual Google drive, it might be time to request a Google Fileshare. Here is some printable information you can take to your next workgroup meeting.

Google Fileshare

While G Suite for Education includes privacy provisions not found in its commercial products, making it more suitable for educational use, be aware that Google isn't right for everything.

Click here for guidelines of best Google practices.

Click here to view Google Guidance.

Shared mailboxes provide a general email address and a central mailbox repository that is not tied to a specific individual. Shared mailboxes are most commonly used by departments, student clubs, and other university organizations.

Emails maintained in these inboxes are under ownership of the University, rather than any individual account. This means that all of the emails and information is retained by the University after an employee leaves.

Benefits of using a shared inbox:

  • Provides a single storage repository for incoming and archived mail.
  • Allows shared access to one or more people without association to a specific person's account.
  • Shared email accounts provide transparency and visibility of communication to all team members.
  • Department can directly manage access by using Group Security Manager.

How to access a shared mailbox:

No special login is required to access a shared mailbox. Your Group Security Manager will grant you access to the group email through the UAS Online tool. You can then log into your regular UA email and navigate to the group inbox by switching mailboxes using the drop down menu in the top-right corner. (Show me)

Google Mail account selection menu

Add a delegate account to Outlook

If you are an Outlook user for your current Google Apps email, then you probably already have G-Suite Sync from Google. You can add a delegate account to Outlook by clicking Start > All Programs > G-Suite Sync > Add account for delegation. Enter the delegate email address (such as and click OK. Then restart outlook and wait for the sync tool to perform its initial sync with the new email.

GSSMO Add account for delegation

Distribution lists represent a collection of email addresses that allow you to communicate with multiple people at one time using a single email address. Everyone on a distribution list will receive a copy of the email in their inbox.

UAS has long maintained distribution lists to make it easy to communicate to segments of the UAS community. Messages can be sent to everyone on the list using a single email address.

There are two primary ways ITS can configure a distribution list:

  • Manual distribution lists allow a designated person to manually add and remove email address recipients.
  • Automated distribution lists update its recipients through a nightly process that queries Banner based on the population's role (e.g. employee or student) or a common criteria (e.g. timekeep location).

Access to send to the UAS campus-wide distribution lists is managed by the UAS Public Information Officer while access to send to other lists are managed by a departmental designee.

Contact the Helpdesk if you have questions about distribution lists or would like one created for your department.

Here are some examples of our current distribution lists:


Request UA Google resources below:

This form will allow you to request the creation of any UA Google Resources: Resource Calendars, Google Fileshares, and Delegate (Shared) email accounts. These can be created for all University organizations, everything from Departments to Student Clubs. If you already have some of these resources, access can be tied into existing groups. Otherwise, a new group can be created to suit your needs. Remember to include in Other Notes at the bottom of this form if you already have a group resource that you want your request to be linked to.

Contact Information

Please enter the contact information for the person that you would like to designate as your group security manager. This person will have access to add and remove users to your group. If you are requesting a Google group for a club or student organization, please include the contact information for your club staff advisor.

Group Information

Include the following information about your Google Group Request.

What would you like your group to be called? Keep in mind that your group will need to fall within our naming convention. Here are some examples: uas.deptname, sitka.deptname, ketchikan.deptname.


Google applications can be accessed in several ways.

  • On the main UAS website, log into the menu at the top of this page and either select my Email from the personal menu, or clicking the pop-up menu (My UAS Icon). 
  • Go straight to your UA Google inbox at

Once you have accessed your email inbox or any other Google app, you can connect to other apps by clicking the app menu in the upper right:

Google Apps Menu

UA Google accounts have to be considered active at all times, in order to better manage workplace accountability.


Personal calendars can be adjusted by their owner. From Google Calendars:

  1. In the left navigation bar, locate the calendar you wish to share access to.
  2. Click the arrow beside the calendar.
  3. Select Share this Calendar.
  4. Under Share with specific people, search for the person.
    • (You can look up UA people by name or email address.)
  5. Select the Permission Settings you want to grant them.
  6. Click Save

Resource Calendar access is managed through the Group Security Manager tool, but calendars can be set to public so that people within the university can access free/busy content.

You can see the calendars you have access to through Google Calendars. On the left navigation bar, you can see My calendars as well as Other calendars that have been shared with you. You can use the search field in Other calendars to add additional UA Google calendars, such as calendars for coworkers and Resource Calendars. You can search these calendars either by name or email address. By default you will be able to tell when a calendar is free or busy, without any details about specific events. If you are using Outlook, it will match your currently available calendars next time it synchronizes.

When you edit an event in Google Calendar, an option to Add guests appears on the right. Enter the name or email address of the people you wish to invite and click Save. You will be asked if you'd like to send invitations to guests. They will receive an email to confirm their attendance. They can choose Yes, Maybe, or No, and will automatically be added to their Google Calendar based on their answer. You can confirm their status by looking at the event in your own calendar.

When editing a specific event, you can select from Googles color options in the Event color field, with the first color being the default for that calendar. You can customize each calendar in the Calendar Settings drop-down menu with a wider variety of color options.

Yes, Google and Outlook both allow viewing and editing of several calendars simultaneously. Click the box next to each calendar on the left My Calendars menu to toggle on/off each calendar.

Google has a handy resource called Appointment Slots (more information on Google's website). This allows you to set specific time frames where people can schedule their own time to meet with you. From Google Calendars:

  1. Select the start of your appointment time frame.
  2. In the top of the event window, click Appointment slots.
  3. Select the calendar you wish to place it on from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the appointment duration: you can set it as one slot, or divide into equal increments.
  5. Click Edit Details and fill in any remaining details.
  6. Provide the Appointments link your audience.

You can access your Google Calendars in Outlook through Google's G Suite Sync for Microsoft Office (formerly GASMO). This program automatically synchronizes Outlook with your Google account, including Email, Contacts, and Calendar. For more information, see the UA Google Access section of the Email page.

You can access your Calendars through your Google account, though specifics vary by device. Webmail access is available in your browser, or you can connect via various apps. Specific instructions for various devices can be found in the Mobile section of the Email page.

On the left navigation bar, locate and select the calendar you wish to remove. If you don't want to see it now but intend to use it later, click the box on the left to remove it from the calendars present. If you want to remove it entirely, click the arrow for the drop-down menu, and select Hide this calendar from the list.

Google allows you to edit either a single event, or all the repeated entries. In Google Calendars, you can edit Only this instance, All following events, or All events in the series. In Outlook, you can edit the Occurrence or the entire Series, respectively.

Yes, you can connect to the same list of calendars on any supported device. 


  • Go to Settings > Accounts and Passwords > Add Account > Google
  • Under Enter your email, use your, click Next
  • Enter your UA Username and Password
  • Click Save
  • Select  Turn Calendar sync on
  • Go to the Google Calendar for iPhone page to pick which calendars you want to sync with your UA Account (you will be prompted to log), then click save. 
    • Calendars won't appear right away, but will gradually appear within a couple minutes as background processes complete. 


Step 1: In the App Drawer

    • In Android 2.3 and 4.0, tap on Accounts & sync 
    • In Android 4.1, tap Add account under the Accounts category 
    • Click Corporate
    • Enter your email address and password
    • The dialogue may expand asking for similar settings. Confirm your username and password are correct. 
    • Select which services to sync, then tap done

Step 2: In the Calendar App itself 

    • tap on the menu icon to bring up a dialogue with the calendar items to display
    • tap the boxes next to the calendars you want to display
    • If managing multiple accounts tap Calendars to sync to bring up complete list of accounts available. 

Apple has created a built-in tool within Calendar to subscribe to active calendars:

  1. Open Calendar
  2. Select File
  3. Choose New Calendar Subscription
  4. Enter the URL of the calendar you would like to add:

Please note that this method is intended for use in subscribing to published calendars, and is hence read-only.

To create a link to additional Google calendars:

  1. Open a browser
  2. Access the calendar in Google Calendars (
    • You can add Google Calendar by either searching for them in the Search for people field on the left, or by clicking the +GoogleCalendar button from the calendar's web page
  3. Enter the Settings menu by clicking the gear icon in the upper right
    • Alternatively, you can click the menu that appears when you mouse over the specific calendar and select Settings
  4. Select the specific calendar you wish to add
  5. Scroll down to the Integrated calendar section
  6. Select the Public address in iCal format
  7. Copy this address
  8. Enter the address into Apple Calendar using the instructions above

You'll need to visit your iPhone's Settings app to subscribe to active calendars:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Passwords & Accounts
  3. Select Add Account
  4. Choose Other
  5. Select Add Subscribed Calendar
  6. Enter the URL of the calendar you would like to add:

Please note that this method is intended for use in subscribing to published calendars, and is hence read-only.


Google Drive is a Google-provided tool to store, edit, and collaborate on personal documents online. UAS provides the Google Fileshare tool, which allows departments and group to control access to specific Google Drive locations from a centralized tool: Group Security Manager.

No, there is not a size limit to what you can place on a Google Fileshare.

Creating new folders inside a Google Fileshare is the same as in Google Drive. Click the New button in the upper left, and select Folder. Enter the name of the folder and click Create. This creates a new folder inside the fileshare that shares the same access permissions. An automated process will change the Owner listed on the folder to match the fileshare's setting.

All files stored on Google Drive are saved to Google servers, not UAS servers. This includes Google Fileshares. Be aware of this when choosing where to save your files.

Google is great for sharing and collaborating, but it is not a good storage location for sensitive information. Consider if your document contains personal data or materials that should not be released to the public, in accordance to FERPA regulations. For more information, check out the Google Guidance document.

Everyone granted access to the Google Fileshare can view, copy, and edit documents. If you want to provide special read-only access to particular people not within the group, you can share using standard google sharing techniques.

Google Fileshares are designed with current University groups in mind. Access is tied to University accounts, and not designated for outside use. Instead, you can create and manage your own Google Drive folders which do not require authenticated access.


Access is managed by adding and removing people from a group. This group access is managed by someone within the department through the use of Group Security Manager through UAS Online.

Creating a Resource Calendar or Google Fileshare allows account access to be controlled from a central location. Multiple resources can be managed in the same location, or even the same list of people, and will update according to UA account status.

Fill out and submit the Google resources Request Form. The IT Helpdesk will contact you about your request.

You can grant other people direct access to your personal calendars. You can grant specific individuals various levels of control, from hiding all details to creating and editing all your events.

Administrator access can be granted to multiple individuals in Group Security Manager. Having several individuals as admin allows you to control the workload and cover availability.

Being granted admin access does not grant access to the content. From UAS Online, go through Group Security Manager and add yourself to the User list.

Accounts are set to automatically expire after a certain amount of time. Every night, an automated process extends all active accounts by a day. As long as the account is still considered active, they will still have account access.

For more information, check the Accounts page.


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