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Alumni Email Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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8.0 - Updated on 2024-06-01 by Admin Douglas Van Buren

7.0 - Updated on 2024-03-05 by Jon Hays

6.0 - Updated on 2024-02-22 by Jon Hays

5.0 - Updated on 2023-11-07 by Saundra Busch

4.0 - Updated on 2023-10-31 by Saundra Busch

3.0 - Updated on 2023-09-06 by Jon Hays

2.0 - Updated on 2023-09-06 by Jon Hays

1.0 - Authored on 2023-02-22 by Sarah Bailey

Beginning March 6, 2024, existing alumni with an active @berkeley.edu account and future alumni will be required to follow a transition process to maintain a UC Berkeley-provided Google @berkeley.edu account. The transition process includes an initial renewal of the service, acknowledgment of these terms, and reductions to below 5 GB of total storage usage across all associated Google account services. Go to Alumni Email Changes for more information. 

1 General Overview

This document describes the bounds, limits and terms of use for email services made available to eligible alumni and attendees of UC Berkeley.

2 Service Description

2.1 Service Definition 

The Alumni Email Service provides eligible alumni and attendees with a berkeley.edu email address. Email addresses are currently provided to eligible alumni and attendees using the same Google Workspace for Education account that they used as students.

2.2 Service Eligibility

2.3 Service Parameters

  1. Authentication Requirements: Alumni and attendees can only use the Alumni Email Service by logging in using an active CalNetID and passphrase that meet campus IT security standards and policies.  These policies will be strictly enforced by UC Berkeley's Information Security Office without exception.
  2. Service Limits: All other Google Workspace for Education services EXCEPT Gmail are ancillary to the Alumni Email Service, are subject to additional limits, and may be disabled at the discretion of UC Berkeley.
  3. Storage Limits: All Google accounts used to provide email services to Alumni will be limited to 5 GB of total account storage by July 15, 2024.

2.4 Service Level Expectations & Performance

Berkeley IT provides limited support to Alumni for email services including:

  1. Verification of eligibility and access to Berkeley provided Google accounts
  2. Clarification of service limits and restrictions
  3. Response to privacy or security threats identified in the course of using this service

Berkeley IT does NOT provide the following supports for email services provided to Alumni:

  1. General technical support in the use of Gmail or other Google Workspace for Education services
  2. Support for computers, desktop email clients, or third-party email accounts where email is forwarded

3 Roles and Responsibilities

3.1 Parties

The following parties have responsibilities under this agreement:

3.2 Berkeley IT Responsibilities 

Berkeley IT responsibilities and/or requirements in support of this Agreement include:

3.3 Alumni Responsibilities

Alumni responsibilities and/or requirements in support of this Agreement include:

UC Berkeley reserves the right to deny any individual access to the alumni email service.  This applies expressly to those who violate the above standards or other applicable policies and procedures. Participants in the alumni email service who misuse information and communication services may be permanently removed at any time from the alumni email service, and risk legal action for failure to abide by these policies and procedures.

Please contact support for feedback or to report violations of this code of conduct. UC Berkeley is not responsible for the content of in-system messages, email service, and public profiles and will not routinely monitor content. The University, however, reserves the right to reorganize or delete any messages, photos, and public profiles and may at its discretion reassign registration or ownership.

Cause for such termination of alumni email service shall include, but not be limited to:

When possible, customers will receive a single warning about behavior that violates the Code of Conduct and policies governing the alumni email service. The warning will cite the specific behavior or behaviors that violate the policy, invite the user to respond, and explain that rights to the alumni email service will be terminated if the cited behavior is repeated.

When a user’s alumni email service is terminated, UC Berkeley will:

4 Requesting Service

Beginning March 6, 2024, alumni with an active @berkeley.edu account and future graduates will be required to follow a transition process in order to maintain a UC Berkeley-provided Google account. The transition process includes an initial renewal of the service, acknowledgment of these terms, and reductions to below 5 GB of total storage usage across all associated Google account services. Go to Alumni Email Changes for more information.

5 Hours of Coverage, Response Times and Escalation

For all requests, the Berkeley IT goal is to have a staff member assigned and acknowledge requests within four business hours of receipt. Campus priorities may require exceptions to this goal during certain periods of the academic year, including curtailment and holidays. 

5.1 Hours of Coverage

Service coverage is provided 8AM - 5PM PT, Monday - Friday except for holidays including curtailment days, and campus closure. 

5.2 Service Outages and Major Incidents

The alumni email service is monitored by Berkeley IT. Any outage that impacts standard operability will be posted at https://systemstatus.berkeley.edu/. Outages classified as a major incident will follow major incident protocols. Information about Google Workspace service disruptions is available at https://www.google.com/appsstatus/dashboard/.

6 Maintenance and Service Changes

The alumni email service abides by the standard maintenance and service change process whenever possible. Changes are listed on the Berkeley System Status page: http://systemstatus.berkeley.edu/

7 Pricing

Email services for alumni are currently funded by UC Berkeley as a privilege and limited benefit to alumni. There are no charges to alumni for using the alumni email service.  All UC Berkeley Google account provided to alumni will be limited to 5 GB of total storage with no options for alumni to purchase additional storage.