LionMail Apps

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) provides a core set of Google services and applications (Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Drive) to students, faculty and staff, to support communication and information sharing across the Columbia community. These core services have been customized specifically for Columbia to provide a flexible and convenient collaboration platform that we call LionMail. Information stored and shared using these core LionMail applications is managed within Columbia and does not pass through Google's servers, ensuring the highest levels of security for your information and data, and that of the University.

To enhance LionMail, we have enabled a number of additional Google Apps, detailed below.  Although these apps are available for your use, they are not part of the core set of Google services managed by CUIT and, therefore, support is only available through Google's online support documentation. Additionally, please review the additional security information provided, before using any of these apps.

Enabled LionMail Apps:
Location History


  • Google Analytics is a free web analytics service that tracks and reports on website traffic to help you better understand how people are using your site and which content they are accessing.
  • Data collection and management with Google Analytics provides a single, accurate view of the customer that can be customized to your needs and shared across the organization.
  • Using Google Analytics with your LionMail email address:
    • For CUIT-provided Drupal sites:
      • If you do not already have a Google Analytics account, please contact CUIT Web Services at to have an Analytics account associated with your LionMail account set up for your site. When contacting Web Services, make sure to include the URL for the site(s) you would like to monitor with Google Analytics.
      • If you already have an existing Google Analytics account that is not associated with your LionMail account and UNI you will need to add your LionMail address as an Account User within your Google Analytics settings in order to access your account with your LionMail email. Instructions are available on the Google support site.
    • For CUNIX or Columbia Blogs (WordPress) sites:
      • To set up Analytics for CUNIX or Columbia Blogs (WordPress) sites, please contact
    • For non-CUIT-provided sites:
      • If you are currently using Google Analytics to manage non-CUIT-provided websites, you will continue to be able to monitor those sites under your existing account.
      • If your existing account is not associated with your LionMail address, you can add your LionMail address as an Account User to your existing account by following these instructions.
  • Additional help and information regarding the use of Google Analytics is available from Google Support or at the Google Analytics Academy.


  • Google Books functions just like a normal web search, but limits results to content within a published book or document.
    • If a book is out of copyright, or the publisher has provided Google with permission, a preview of the book will be available and, sometimes, the entire text.
    • If the book is in the public domain, you will have the option of downloading a free PDF copy.
    • "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links will point you to information and resources from where you can buy or borrow the book. 
  • Learn more about different views in Google Books.
  • Shop for books in the Google Play store.
  • Additional help and information regarding Google Books is available from Google Support.


  • Google+ is a social networking service from Google. Google+ is integrated into all Google services via the menu bar, allowing you to easily share content to Google+.
  • Help and information for Google+ is available from Google Support.


  • Google Groups provide forums for online collaboration and communication.
  • The Google Groups service is not the same as Groups for Business.
  • Google Groups are public-facing and viewable by everyone.
  • Groups for Business allows owners and managers to manage access to the group.
  • Additional help and information for Google Groups is available from Google Support.

Location History

  • Location History allows Google to show you useful information, based on where you've been with the devices that you're signed into with your Google Account.
    • For example, you'll see predictions for your frequent commutes, as well as more refined search and advertising results. 


  • Google Maps provides very accurate maps from around the world, utilizing GPS to allow you to find your current or any location that is in the Google Maps database, and generate routes between locations. In the University environment, Maps can be used as a supplement to learning activities, as well as to provide resources for the campus community. 
  • Google Maps are already in use on the Columbia University website, for such resources as campus housing and printing
  • Additional help and information regarding Google Maps is available from Google Support.


  • Google Photos is a photograph and video sharing and storage service that allows you to upload and manage your digital assets and access them from anywhere.
  • Help and information regarding Google Photos is available from Google Support.

Application Security & Support

Your UNI and password provide you with access to LionMail and its associated core apps (Drive, Calendar, Contacts) as well as to the additional Google apps detailed above. While LionMail and the core apps fall under a special agreement between Columbia University and Google, with enhanced security, all additional Google apps fall under Google's Consumer Terms, which do not protect confidential information to the extent required by FERPA. Therefore, any sensitive or confidential data, as defined in the Columbia University Data Classification Policy, must not be disclosed or transmitted through any apps other than LionMail, Calendar, Contacts or Drive. We highly recommend that you review Google's Consumer Terms, as they are an agreement between you and Google.

Please note: When first accessing any of these apps, you will see the message shown in the screenshot below, reminding you of our security and privacy policies.  Although this standard wording from Google may make it sound like there are changes to our security and privacy policies, be assured that our standard policies are still in effect and that no additional data or information will be visible to or shared with CUIT than is currently the case.