Once you turn your tassel, the services provided by the Office of Information Technology change, but not everything goes away.
You may always be a Yellow Jacket, but you become a former student when you have not registered for two consecutive terms. After that, some — but not all — online resources will no longer be available to you. Here is an overview of what happens to your account when you break the Tech bubble for good.
*** Please note that the link "https://faq.oit.gatech.edu/node/84" (See 0:46-0:50 of the video above) should now be "https://faq.oit.gatech.edu/node/346".
What You Keep
Your Georgia Tech account will always remain active so you can access certain systems, and, even when you are no longer a student, your password will not expire. Here are some resources that will be available to you for life:
- Passport (the Personal Account Self Service Portal): This site allows you to manage your Georgia Tech account, control your alias (EMFL), manage your hints, and change your password if needed.
- BuzzPort: Through BuzzPort, former students are able to maintain access to the Student Information System (OSCAR) to obtain transcripts, for example.
- T-Square: Former students continue to have partial access to Tech’s course management and collaboration system, T-Square.
What You Lose
You will be notified via email before losing access to services such as:
- LAWN (wireless network): The wireless network is unavailable to former students. For more information about LAWN, visit the LAWN info pages.
- Prism (2 GB cloud storage on Georgia Tech servers): If you have stored files on Prism, including any Prism public websites you’ve created, be sure to relocate any work you want to keep. The following links provide information about copying or downloading Prism files to your own resources: http://faq.oit.gatech.edu/content/how-do-i-mount-my-prism-home-directory-using-windows (Windows) and http://faq.oit.gatech.edu/content/how-do-i-mount-my-prism-home-directory-using-mac-os-x (Mac).
- Office 365 Exchange Online: Your email mailbox in Office 365 Exchange Online will expire once you become a former student if you have chosen to have a mailbox. You will no longer be able to log in to mail.gatech.edu or sync your mail to your phone or email clients like Outlook. Any email you wish to keep should be saved or downloaded from your Office 365 mailbox before your access expires.
- Other Office 365 (OneDrive for Buisness cloud storage and access to Office 365 Pro Plus): This service is unavailable to former students. For more information about Office 365, visit OIT's Office 365 info page and the Office 365 FAQ's.
What You Can Get
After leaving Tech, you will be able to access some services and resources only for a certain amount of time or, in some cases, for a fee. These include:
- Library Resources: Alumni can access library print materials if they register through the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. The Library provides more information online. Even more access is available if you come to the library as a visitor; more on that here.
- CareerBuzz: You will be able to access this career services system for a fee once you become a former student.
- Jacket Community: This online alumni directory is provided by the Alumni Association.
- Lynda Online Training: Lynda, the online tutorial database open to the Tech community, will remain available to you for one full semester after you graduate.
- TechWorks: If you ever worked for Georgia Tech, your access to TechWorks will remain active for up to two years after your employee status changes to “former.”
- Email Address: Former students who are in good standing with the Institute have the option of receiving Email Forwarding for Life (EMFL). EMFL does not provide you with a mailbox within the Georgia Tech email system, but it does allow you to keep your Georgia Tech email address (the @gatech.edu address), which will then deliver messages to any other valid email address. Even if you already have been forwarding your email using your Georgia Tech email address, please log in to Passport and make sure that your Georgia Tech mailbox address is removed from your address delivery. Otherwise, anyone emailing you after Office 365 mailbox expires will receive an “undelivered” reply. For more information on EMFL, see FAQs from OIT.