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Q: How will my mail be moved to LionMail?
A: Your mail will be copied automatically and securely from Cubmail to LionMail. Nobody will read the contents of your mail.
Q: I’d like to be moved to LionMail now. Can I schedule this, or move myself?
A: No. The migration process is determined by CUIT and the deans of individual schools.
Q: What about graduate students, faculty, and staff?
A: Now that we have completed the migration of undergraduates, several graduate schools have already begun migrating their students, faculty and staff to LionMail. In late 2012, master's candidates in SEAS, as well as graduate students in the School of the Arts and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation began using LionMail. Faculty and staff in GSAPP and staff in the Office of Alumni and Development also moved to LionMail. In January 2013, graduate students from Continuing Education, the GSAS and the School of Journalism, along with adjunct faculty from Continuing Education and staff from the SoA also began using LionMail. In April, all Law School students migrated to LionMail.
Q: If I already forward my Columbia mail to Gmail, do I need to migrate?
A: Yes. LionMail is powered by Google but has enhanced privacy features and a larger inbox. We ask that LionMail account-holders discontinue forwarding.
Q: I already have an ordinary Gmail or Google account. Why should I use LionMail?
A: LionMail provides advantages over ordinary Google accounts including improved security and support from CUIT. Check out this table to see a comparison of LionMail and Gmail.
Q: Which Google Apps services will be available through LionMail?
A: Mail and Calendar. Additional services may be made available in the future.
Q: When will we have access to Google Docs?
A: Technical staff are continuing to analyze the support costs and accessibility of Google Docs. It is a powerful tool and would be a great addition if it meets our requirements.
Q: Will there be any ads or other commercial links displayed in LionMail?
Q: Is there a limit to the number of simultaneous connections I can have to LionMail?
A: Yes. The limit is 10 simultaneous connections. This limit comes into play if you use more than one device (computers, smartphones, other mobile devices) to connect to LionMail at the same time.
Q: Will I use my UNI and password to log in to LionMail?
A: You will use your UNI and password to log in to the web interface to access mail and calendar. If you use a mobile device or an email client such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail, you will use a different device password.
A: It's a personal Google Apps account that was created and associated with an @columbia.edu email address. Read about conflicting accounts.
Q: Will my email address change?
A: Your email address, UNI@columbia.edu, will remain the same. If you currently use a self-selected email address, that will continue to work as well.
Q: I already have a Gmail account. Can I use my current Gmail ID and password to log in to LionMail?
A: No. Your LionMail account will be completely separate from any personal Gmail account you may have.
Q: I currently forward my CubMail to a non-CU address. Will this forwarding continue to work?
A: We ask that you stop automatic forwarding.
Q: Are there size limits on mailboxes and messages?
A: Yes. Mailbox sizes are virtually unlimited at 25GB, and single messages are limited to 25MB.
Q: Will there be something similar to INGO for filtering messages?
A: LionMail includes a powerful set of sorting rules much like what's in INGO.
Q: How does LionMail handle spam?
A: Spam-blocking will still be handled at Columbia, so you will continue to enjoy the excellent service you receive now. If you think you should have received a message and haven’t, check your spam folder. When you read a non-spam message that is labeled as spam, please click on Not Spam to help teach LionMail what is not spam.
Q. How do I send an incoming message directly to a label without the message arriving in my inbox?
A. You can create a filter that applies a label while also selecting the option Skip the Inbox (Archive it).
Q: Can I continue to use the same email program I use now?
A: Yes, but you should give the LionMail web interface a chance; it’s much more advanced than CubMail. But if you prefer, you can use an email client such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook. For these, you will need to obtain a device password and set up a new account in your client to access LionMail.
A: You can create a filter that will allow you to see such messages in your inbox. First, conduct a search using the following format:
Q: Will people be able to schedule meetings and share calendars once LionMail is implemented?
Q: Can I import my CourseWorks class schedule into LionMail Calendar?
A: Yes. See the step-by-step instructions in the Help section.
Q: As a LionMail user, I received a “New Time Proposed” response from an Outlook user. When I used Outlook in the past, I was able to accept the new time and reschedule with a single click, but I'm not sure how to do that on LionMail.
A: Unfortunately, LionMail doesn’t have a way to automate this process. As the owner of the event, you can use the LionMail Calendar to reschedule if the proposed time works.
Q: I added a vacation day as an all-day event on my LionMail calendar, but people say they didn't see lit isted as such even though my calendar is shared with them. Why not?
A: Anytime you create an all-day event, such as a vacation day, in your calendar, you must modify the "show me as" option to "busy" rather than "available" which enables anyone who shares your calendar to see it.
- Select the contacts you'd like to merge from your Contacts List.
- Click the “More” drop-down menu and select “Merge contacts.”
- Make any edits if there are any changes you’d like to make.
- Click “Save” at the top of the page.
- Open Contacts.
- Click the “More” drop-down menu and select “Find and merge duplicates.”
- The names of all contacts with duplicate data will be displayed. If an entry has only one contact, then the contact itself has duplicate data (e.g., repeated phone numbers, emails, etc.). If an entry has two or more contacts, be sure to check whether these are duplicate contacts and not different contacts with similar names. To expand each contact, click on the details next to each one and uncheck any contacts that you don't want to fix.
- When you're ready, click “Merge” at the top of the list.
Q: How secure is data on Google servers? Will Google safeguard the privacy of our email and data?
A: The contract between Columbia and Google ensures that the security of data will be at least as good as it is today. Columbia, not Google, owns all of the data that passes through LionMail accounts.
Q: How do we manage users who have non-disclosure (e.g. FERPA) restrictions?
A: Columbia will maintain current standards and policies.
Q: Will Google use my personal data for commercial gain, or share it with third parties?
A: Unlike with personal Gmail accounts, Google can use your personal data only to make your experience better (e.g., to suggest related recipients when you send an email).
Q: Will the LionMail system pose any problems to students with disabilities?
A: We do not anticipate any problems for students with disabilities. The infrastructures behind LionMail and LionMail Calendar are fully compatible with client software such as Outlook, Thunderbird and Apple Mail; these clients can in turn be used with common screen-reader software. We therefore expect the transition to LionMail and LionMail Calendar to be smooth for students with disabilities.