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(ONID) Leaving OSU

What happens to my ONID account after I leave?

Your ONID account hangs around for a little while after you leave the university.

  • Current students: your account is deactivated one term after you were last able to register, provided that you don't register for more classes.
  • Graduating students: your account is deactivated one year after graduation.

All ONID accounts are deleted one term after deactivation.

Until your ONID account is deactivated, you will have access to all services that require ONID credentials. This includes Google Apps, Office 365, RemoteApps, Citrix Receiver, OSU VPN? etc.

What’s the difference between deactivated and deleted accounts?

Deactivated accounts retain all account data, including all e-mails. However, you will not be able to log in to the account to access that information. If your account is deactivated, and you need temporary access to your e-mails or files, you can contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk to reactivate your account for a short period of time.

Deleted accounts are permanently deleted off of our servers. Any data that was deleted with these accounts cannot be recovered, so make sure to transfer any contacts or important data to another account.

How can I keep all my data from Google Apps?

Please refer to our Take Google with You (Leaving OSU) helpdoc for detailed steps on retaining your information from Google.

How can I keep all my data from Office 365 (OneDrive)?

If you have files stored up in your OneDrive, you’re going to need to download them locally to your computer. To do this, we will need OneDrive for Business.

For Windows users: OneDrive for Business comes with your Office 365 download.
For Mac users: You will need to download the OneDrive for Business Mac Sync client.

To sync your files:

  1. Log in to Office 365 at office.cloud.oregonstate.edu
  2. Click on the OneDrive icon (if you don’t see it, you may have to click on the blue menu button in the upper left)
  3. Navigate to the folder you'd like to sync to your computer
  4. Click Sync at the top of the page, and launch the OneDrive for Business application if prompted

Your files will now begin syncing with your OneDrive for Business folder.

For Windows users: This folder can usually be found in C:\Users\(yourPCname).
For Mac: You can find your OneDrive folder by clicking on the cloud icon in the upper right hand corner and selecting “Open OneDrive for Business folder.”

This sync may take a while, depending on your internet connection and how many files you had stored up in the cloud. Once your files have all completed downloading, you can copy them to a different folder anywhere on your local or external drive.

Need help?

Contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787

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