Migration to Dropbox opens to faculty and staff July 30


Faculty and staff who have not yet moved from U-M Box to U-M Dropbox can begin the process.

Following successful data migrations for several university units, Information and Technology Services is opening the Self-Service Migration tool July 30 to the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.

University community members migrating now will need to take one of three steps before Sept. 13, using the migration tool:

  • Schedule their U-M Box data migration to U-M Dropbox.
  • Delete their U-M Box account.
  • Request a migration extension.

Exceptions include faculty and staff in Michigan Medicine, whose migration window runs from June 15 to July 30; the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, running from July 1 to Aug. 15; LSA, running from July 12 to Aug. 27; and the Law School, which is being scheduled.

ITS sent emails this week to affected U-M Box users that encouraged them to review the university’s Self-Service Migration page for information and step-by-step instructions on what to expect before, during and after their transition to U-M Dropbox.

“The main thing folks need to do using the Self-Service Migration tool is select a date to begin their migration to U-M Box data or delete their account,” said Reid Paxton, director of ITS end user services. “We are also encouraging people to communicate with collaborators on files and folders to let them know this change is coming.”

U-M Box accounts not scheduled for migration or deleted before Sept. 13 will be deactivated and inaccessible.

Faculty and staff with a business reason for not scheduling their migration data before Sept. 13 will have the opportunity to extend their migration window after Aug. 30.

Unit ambassadors in each school, college and unit also will be sending out communications to ensure everyone in their area has what they need for their migration to go smoothly, and to provide assistance and support during the move.

The ITS Service Center will be available to offer support, as will members of the Box Retirement Project team.

Students will be encouraged to migrate their data during fall term. 


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