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Security and Privacy

Google Apps for VCU is being provided by the University as the primary e-mail/collaboration system for eligible students. University policies will apply to this service. Your myVCUmail account has been customized by Google and VCU for optimal educational collaboration. VCU has taken steps to ensure that your student data is protected above and beyond a publicly available account. Google has signed a contract committing them to uphold a strict privacy policy and to always treat your personal information with the utmost care and security. Google has agreed that VCU student data is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Encrypted Mail
University faculty, staff and contractors may not transmit confidential data via email and/or via email attachments unless the message and attachments are encrypted. See the link above "Encrypted Mail" for information on how to send encrypted mail.

Private Browsing
When not using your own computer, we strongly suggest for your protection, you use the Privacy mode of the web browser when logging into your VCU account. See the link above "Private Browsing" for information on how to use your browser in "private mode."

VCU's Technology Policies, Guidelines & Standards
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) provides and maintains computing resources to support the University's mission critical operations of education, research, service and administration. In order to ensure that these resources are used ethically, equitably, and legally by faculty, staff and students, VCU has established certain guidelines, policies and standards.

Google Apps for Education Security & Privacy
Google recognizes that schools expect Google to properly secure data and maintain the privacy of their information.

VCU Identity Manual - Social Media
Google Apps allow for 'sharing' information in some of the apps. The VCU Identity Manual establishes guidelines for effective use while adhering to university policies.