Harvard Sets 25GB Google Workspace Limit: Impact on Higher Education Storage

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HUIT Sets New Default Storage Limits

Our sources have informed us that a significant change in online data storage policy has been implemented by Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT). The policy introduces a default storage limit of 25 gigabytes for Google accounts, a measure set to impact the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) among other university affiliations. It’s noteworthy to add that current undergraduates are exempted from this new policy.

Reason Behind the Policy Change

The decision has been taken as a direct consequence of Google’s move to cancel indefinitely the provision of free unlimited storage to higher education accounts. It’s worth noting that, up until now, users in the realm of higher education enjoyed extensive freedom in terms of storage space.

Helping Those Affected

HUIT has pledged to aid FAS Google account holders who, due to this new policy, find themselves exceeding the newly established limit. The granting of additional storage, however, will be subjected to a set of criteria, details of which remain somewhat vague at this point.

According to our source, 386 graduate students as of now, are already exceeding the limit and face a significant challenge in managing their data usage. To address this, the university has advised account holders to conduct regular audits and delete any non-essential files in order to manage storage in a sustainable manner.

Student Concerns and Communication

A section of the student community has voiced their worries over this development, as the new storage cap stands to potentially disrupt academic activities, especially those that require substantial data.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to this new policy, the various schools within the university are providing direct information to their affiliates. However, some students have reportedly not received this communication, raising additional concerns about the transition and prompting a search for alternative solutions.


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