Migrating employee email to Microsoft 365

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Motivation behind the change

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The Microsoft 365 employee email investigation recommendation to proceed with a staged migration of the majority of employee email to the Microsoft 365 cloud environment was approved in early 2020. Visit the project website to learn more.

Relationship to other Microsoft 365 projects

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Audience(s) impacted

Audience of people
  • All students​​ moving to new tenant
  • All employees and graduate students migrating to Microsoft 365 email

Known impacts



  • Some work to prepare email accounts for migration to new tenant


  • Some pre-/post-migration work to prepare email accounts

Shared and generic mailboxes

  • Some pre-/post-migration work

Benefits of the change



  • Opportunity for enhanced collaboration with employees, both course or employment related


  • Ability to leverage collaboration and productivity tools with students and/or other employees
  • Access to enhanced functionality available through Microsoft 365 suite of apps and services

All users

  • Standardized email environment for personal and shared/generic mailboxes
  • Improved / streamlined end user support
  • Enhanced security
  • Cost savings

Risk of not completing the change

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  • Ongoing risk and complexity of supporting multiple email platforms
  • Risk of out-of-date email technology unless upgrade projects are completed periodically
  • Less robust email security

Important date(s)

  • February 2022: Started migration of Connect generic mailboxes
  • May 2021: Migration of shared mailboxes (complete)
  • March 2021: A small number of remaining employee accounts will be migrated to Office 365 March 24 and 25 (complete)
  • December 2020: Faculty and students who are both students and employees migrated to Office 365 email (complete)
  • August 2020: Academic Support Units migrated to Office 365 email (complete)
  • May 2020: Students migrated to new tenant (complete)

Project resources

Project management

Project contact(s)

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