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Before the Migration

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Northwestern IT is committed to ensuring your move proceeds as smoothly as possible. There are steps you can take now to help make that happen:

Special Note for SAFER Stewards, Directors, and Administrators: SAFER-managed data in Box will move to a SharePoint Secure Site. If you have data outside of SAFER-managed folders that you would like to see stored together in SharePoint, it is recommended that you move the content into the Box SAFER Org Account folder(s) before October 2021. This will ensure the data is moved to the same SharePoint location.

About Shared Files

During your migration, files and folders for which you are the owner will be moved. After the migration, if you do not see a folder in your OneDrive or SharePoint account that you expect to see, it may be because someone else at Northwestern owns the folder and has shared it with you. That shared folder in OneDrive or SharePoint will become visible to you when its owner is migrated. Until that time, you can continue to view its contents in Box.


If you experience issues accessing your files or folders after the move to OneDrive and SharePoint, please contact your school or department IT support.

Students, faculty, staff, and affiliates not supported directly by a school or department should contact the Northwestern IT Service Desk at or 847-491-4357 (1-HELP).

Last Updated: 9 June 2021

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