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End-of-Year Tips for Students

As you wrap up the academic year at St. Norbert, we want to make you aware of a few of technology-related items that may need your attention. Much of this will be applicable primarily to graduating seniors, though all students may find this helpful.

Email Account

As an alumnus of the college, your St. Norbert Google Workspace account will remain active for as long as you use it. This includes email, calendar, drive, etc. If you wish, you may consider automatically forwarding Gmail messages to another account (i.e. personal, work, etc). If your email account goes unused for a 6 month period (with no password changes), it will be automatically disabled.

Take Your Data With You

Google has an article that explains how to download your data. You may find this helpful if you're graduating and do not intend to keep your SNC account active.

Change Ownership

If you worked in a campus department this year and you created documents as part of your job, you'll want to make sure someone in that department owns the documents you created. This allows the department to continue to manage and maintain those files after you're gone. Google has an article that explains how to make someone else the owner of your file.

Knight Domains

If you have a domain on, you will loose access to your site after graduation. If you want to keep your site, consider making a tech bar appointment and one of our consultants can show you the easiest way to move your content to another web host.

Microsoft Office

Our Microsoft license only allows current employees and students to use Office 365. If you installed it on your computer as a student, you will need to either uninstall it, or purchase your own license. The timing isn't exact, but this change usually happens some time within 30 days after your account transitions from a student to an alum. All subsequent uses of Office documents will display a message telling you that you have only read access to your files.

If you don't want to purchase your own license, you have several options, all of which are free and will read Microsoft Office files:

Alertus Emergency Notification

Alertus is the program which pops up a message on your device in the event of an emergency. If you installed Alertus, we recommend that you uninstall it so that you no longer receive SNC emergency notifications. You can use the apps functions on your smartphone to uninstall it. Here's how to do that on your laptop:


  1. Click the start button, then click Settings (small gear icon).
  2. Click on "Apps".
  3. In the Control Panel click "Programs and Features".
  4. Find "Alertus" in the list and click it once to reveal the "Uninstall" button.


  5. Click the "Uninstall" button.


  1. In the Finder, click the "File" menu, then "New Finder Window".
  2. Click "Applications" on the left.
  3. Find the Alertus icon and drag it to the trash.

If we can help you with anything else related to your computer or your account, please be sure to let us know.

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