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OFFICE 365: Free For Students and Faculty

UFV students and faculty can receive MS Office 365 for free (based on the Microsoft Office 365 Education Agreement)  by signing up and registering with their or email address.

IT Services Areas of Responsibilities

IT Services will not provide or install Microsoft Office 365 for UFV students or faculty, as the current Microsoft tenant for UFV is in the United States and therefore is impacted by British Columbia’s FIPPA laws. For more information on UFV's compliance with BC's FIPPA laws please refer to: 

This will require you to provide some personal information that will be stored on the USA cloud based tenant. IT Services has registered this tenant so there is some control of it, however it is still located on American soil and as such is subject to the USA Patriot Act.

Important Information Regarding Office 365 for UFV Students and Faculty

Personal registration information will be stored in the USA. You can choose to use Office 365 or install the local client based version of Office. However, your UFV email and personal information given at registration time will be located in the USA.

It is expected that UFV will be moving all accounts to the Office 365 Canadian tenant in the near future. IT Services will not move any documents or email over from the US tenant when this happens. It will be up to students and faculty to perform any backups or moves of personal data to the new Canadian tenant.

Faculty also need to be aware that this is for use on PERSONAL devices only. This product is not meant to be installed on any UFV owned pc, laptop or tablet.

Procedure Steps

1. Students and faculty can register themselves and download the software at:

2. Due to the complications relating to the current BC FoIPPA laws, IT Services is unable to provide support for installation or maintenance of Office 365 for students and faculty.

Students and faculty can be directed to the Microsoft FAQs for any support related questions, including how to migrate any data at the present or in future, at: for any support



  • IT Service Desk
  • Oct 24, 2018
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