Google Drive

Google Drive logoAs part of Google Workspace for Education, Google Drive allows you to store all of your work in one secure place. This means that you can access and share your work at anytime, using your laptop, tablet or phone. Better yet, your EMU Google Workspace for Education account has unlimited storage on Google Drive.

All EMU students, faculty and staff have access to Google Drive. To begin, review the Quick Start Guide to Get Started with Drive.

How do I access Google Drive?

  • Log in to Google Drive and enter your NetID credentials (formerly called my.emich credentials)
  • Click on the App Launcher icon in the upper right and select the Drive icon (pictured above)

View and Open Google Drive Files on your Computer

The Google Drive File Stream app allows you to view your Google Drive files using Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac). Drive File Stream also allows you to organize your Google Drive files on your computer, and to open files using applications installed on your computer. To begin using Drive File Stream, download the app from Google Drive Help.

Note: Google Drive File Stream replaces the Google Drive utility previously used to sync your computer with Google Drive. The old utility will no longer function after March 12, 2018.

Mobile Devices

You can access Google Drive from your mobile devices using either the iOS or Android apps. The apps are available in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.

Acceptable File Types and Size

  • Individual files can be up to 5 Tb in size
  • Total storage is unlimited for your Google Drive account
  • Drive may not be accessible in all countries. EMU account holders traveling to China are advised to make alternative file access arrangements prior to departure to be sure that they respect the laws of their international destination
  • Check the Supported File Types and Sizes website for more information.

Sensitive Data Storage

Generally speaking, you may store student educational data such as student papers/projects, grades and EIDs in Google Drive. However, the following types of data must NOT be stored in Google Drive:

  • social security numbers
  • credit card or payment card (PCI)
  • protected health information (HIPAA)
  • export controlled research (ITAR, EAR)
  • Federal data security management (FISMA)
  • student loan application information (GLBA)

Note: If you are unsure about whether you are permitted to store a particular type of data in Google Drive, check the Sensitive Data Guide or simply ask! We are happy to help you sort through the legal and policy frameworks to make a determination. Contact Rocky Jenkins to discuss any questions you might have.

Check the Drive support website for more information.

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