Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that is part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. It incorporates a feature set similar to that of Zoom at U-M, Google Meet, and other products offering workspace chat, videoconferencing, and application integration. Microsoft Teams at U-M is available to current faculty, staff, students, and sponsored affiliates with regular (not temporary) uniqnames on the UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and UM-Flint campuses. Alumni and retirees are not included in the university's licensing terms with Microsoft.
If you use Microsoft Teams at U-M with Student Education Records (regulated by FERPA), you are responsible for the careful use of this data in accordance with university policies and FERPA regulations. This allows Microsoft Teams at U-M to be used by the students in, and instructors for, a class.
While Microsoft Teams at U-M is secure, the university's agreement with Microsoft does not provide for compliance with some specific regulatory and U-M policy requirements for many types of sensitive regulated data. University experts and stakeholders will continue to review Microsoft Teams at U-M to determine whether it might be permitted for use with additional sensitive data types at a later time.
While apps for third-party services are available within U-M Microsoft Teams, they are not covered under the university's agreement with Microsoft and may not be used with sensitive university data.