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Division of Information Technology

OneDrive for Business

Helping USC Share and Collaborate Securely

Cloud storage and collaboration with others, both internal and external to the organization, are the norm for today’s workforce.  But considering the constantly-changing threat landscape, we now know that email alone cannot protect sensitive information from prying eyes.

When the University of South Carolina shares information, internally or externally, it is important that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of that data be preserved.  That is no small task, especially with so many cloud storage options available.  Microsoft has entered into a Business Associates Agreement (BAA) with the University of South Carolina. This agreement helps provide university students, faculty, and staff with a recommended tool for collaboration and secure file sharing, OneDrive for Business.

University of South Carolina OneDrive for Business is enabled automatically for all current students, faculty, and staff.

Store and share files

  • Store up to 5 TB of data in the cloud
  • 10 GB maximum file size
  • Authorized to store sensitive data (HIPAA, FERPA)
  • Share files with any account, using the email address.  For University of South Carolina users, a University of South Carolina Network Username is required, more below.

Access and synchronize files easily

  • Access files using Web browsers or mobile devices
  • Access files directly from Microsoft Office desktop applications
  • Synchronize your local files with files in University of South Carolina OneDrive for Business document libraries (with appropriate client software installed)

Create and edit Microsoft Office files in the cloud with Office Web Apps

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote

No, OneDrive for Business is an enterprise solution and is not the same as OneDrive.  For information on the differences, see How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive on the Microsoft Office website.  Please do not use a personal OneDrive to store or share university data.

  • Current faculty, or staff accounts are disabled and the files are automatically deleted.
  • Faculty and staff accounts are disabled after 14 days.
  • Emeritus faculty accounts will be disabled unless there is a departmental request for retention.

OneDrive for Business is a recommended solution that has been vetted and security hardened for the protection of university data.  However, the use of OneDrive for Business is not mandatory for university students, faculty, or staff.



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