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Cardinal Cloud

Cardinal Cloud is the college’s communication and productivity suite based on Google Apps for Education.

Among the list of services and benefits are:

  • a modern webmail interface, completely mobile friendly, that is accessible from home and around the world;
  • personal and shared group calendars;
  • unlimited storage space for your email and Drive files;
  • a slew of mobile apps for various devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows platforms;
  • a new mobile friendly and more accessible weekly Digest email powered by Google Groups;
  • Cloud Printing (Print-&-Release), letting you print from anywhere and pick up your job at our release station in the Feinberg Computer Lab (more stations coming soon);
  • Google Hangouts for chatting and voice/video calls throughout SUNY Plattsburgh and outside Google accounts.

For more information about these services, please use the right menu navigation or browse below for more details.  

Want to learn more about Google Apps? Visit https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/#!/ for more information.


Google Calendar

Using Calendars in Cardinal Cloud

The Cardinal Cloud calendar application allows you to share calendars with colleagues and even create publicly accessible calendars for departmental use.

  • Calendar Resources

Google Drive & Docs

Drive and Docs with Cardinal Cloud

Cardinal Cloud Drive is a great tool to manage your files, access them anywhere, and share them easily and painlessly. We have a few tips and tricks for sharing and managing your files in the Cardinal Cloud.

  • Drive & Docs Resources

Google Gmail

Using Cardinal Cloud Email (Gmail)

Anybody who uses Gmail for their personal email account will immediately recognize the feature-filled webmail that comes with Cardinal Cloud. Our “Google apps for education” suite offers many helpful features, making it a preferred way to read your SUNY Plattsburgh email.

  • Gmail Resources

Daily Digest Email

The SUNY Plattsburgh Daily Digest is a method of distributing mass emails to the campus community.

Have feedback concerning the Daily Digest? Inquires can be sent to [email protected]

  • How it Works

    We currently utilize Google Groups functionality in our Google Apps for Education Suite to perform the collection and distribution of emails sent to the [email protected] (faculty/staff) and [email protected] (students) lists. Approved senders can send emails to these lists throughout the day, Google collects the messages, combines them into one email and sends them out as one “Digest” message between 2am-3am each morning. Faculty and staff will receive an email from “[email protected]” and students will receive an email from “[email protected]". An archive of all digest messages is also collected and searchable on the web.

    Faculty/Staff Digest Archive

    Student Archive


Google Hangouts

What is Cardinal Cloud Hangouts?

Cardinal Cloud Hangouts is Google Hangouts using the SUNY Plattsburgh domain. You can enjoy all the features of Hangouts with your SUNY Plattsburgh email account. Even better, you can communicate with anybody on Google Hangouts, not just those who have a Cardinal Cloud account. Meaning you can communicate with other Gmail users and users across other domains that use Google Apps!

  • Google Hangouts Resources


SUNY Plattsburgh has partnered with Google to provide all students, faculty, and staff with access to campus printing from most common computing devices, from both on and off campus locations.

This service works with no special configuration using the Google Chrome web browser or Google apps (Gmail, Drive), once you have logged into the device with your SUNY Plattsburgh NetID and password. Supported devices include:

  • PCs/Macs with Windows Vista / 7 / 8, Mac OS X 10.7 or newer, or Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17), running Google Chrome;
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) or newer;
  • iOS 7.0 or newer.
  • Get Started with Print-&-Release

Cardinal Cloud FAQs

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Cardinal Cloud

    How do I access my email?
    The email page is located at http://email.plattsburgh.edu.

    What do I use to login?
    Use your standard NetID (username) and password. On Google’s apps or service pages you must include the full email address ([email protected]) and your password.

    Will marketing ads appear in the school’s Gmail interface?
    No, the education bundle allows us to turn off Google Ads.

    In addition to email, what other features are included in the Google education suite?
    The educational suite/core bundle of services include Gmail, Calendar, Groups, Sites, Drive, Mobile Sync & Hangouts (previous called Talk). We realize Google provides additional features for free personal accounts, some of these may be turned on in the future.

    How much Email and Google Drive space am I allocated?
    Each user gets unlimited combined storage space for Gmail & Drive.

    Am I restricted on how many emails I can send per day through the Gmail web interface?
    Yes, you can send up to 2000 messages per day via the web interface. But, power users that mail merge or send large quantities to students may exceed the 2000 daily limit, in such cases they will be able to connect a client directly to our authenticated SMTP server to bypass the limit.

    When I graduate can I keep my email account?
    Graduates and retirees will maintain perpetual use email accounts. If you graduated before Fall 2013 you obtain a new Cardinal Cloud account (including unlimited email and drive) by creating a request at the Helpdesk by emailing [email protected]

    Can I forward my email account?
    Currently forwarding for faculty/staff accounts has been turned off due to FERPA and HIPAA regulations. Student and alumni accounts are allowed to forward off to an external email service if they choose.

    Does it allow POP/IMAP email access?
    Yes, you will be able to connect via POP or IMAP with most email clients. POP is turned off by default for various reasons, mainly because it takes the messages off the server which is usually undesirable. However, if you know what you are doing, you are welcome to change the settings in your email interface to turn on POP access.

    Can I access some sort of Global Address Book of all campus users inside Gmail?
    Yes, you will be able to quickly search for anyone that has a campus email account, including alumni and students. However, If someone has a confidentiality flag set in banner, they will not be displayed in the directory.

    Does Google Calendar Work with a Doodle poll?
    Yes, you can link you calendar in a Doodle to show available/free or busy times.


Cardinal Cloud Policies

  • What policies does SUNY Plattsburgh maintain for Cardinal Cloud?

    SUNY Plattsburgh’s agreement with Google for Cardinal Cloud abides by current University, SUNY, and State policies and standard practices. That being said, you can rest assured that unlike some other public email services offered by Google or otherwise, SUNY Plattsburgh’s email messages are not subject to data mining. User’s that use Cardinal Cloud core services (email, calendar, drive, and contacts) are safe from data mining and advertising practices.

    Note: If you use your Cardinal Cloud account to login to other Google services those products may not be held under our current campus agreement and you may not be protected from directed advertising or data mining. Some of these other services will remain turned off for SUNY Plattsburgh until they are reviewed to comply with our policies.

    As a general note, Cardinal Cloud falls under the usual campus Technology Policies. Cardinal Cloud intends to make sharing and collaboration easier for campus users. However, with the ability to share comes the ability for abuse. Using common sense and familiarizing yourself with campus technology policies is encouraged. Abuse of Cardinal Cloud or other campus systems could result in the suspension of your campus account.

    Links to various campus technology policies and information:

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