Graduating soon? Congratulations! We couldn't be more proud. The following is a brief overview of what happens to your login accounts, files, etc, and advice on how to smooth that transition to the professional realm. Note that this page pertains to graduating students only. Others, like staff, faculty, or visitors should refer to leaving CSE.

What Do I Need to Know?

CSE Account and Local CSE Account Data

Your CSE account, computer login accounts (attu, etc.), home directory data, and access to most resources will be removed one quarter after graduation. During that three-month period, we strongly encourage you to move/archive any data you deem important to personal storage. You'll receive an email warning 2 weeks prior to expiration. But we recommend not waiting to act.

Email and Cloud Data

As of June 2021, Google has announced dramatic changes to their global Education platform. Due to these changes we are no longer able to accommodate cloud accounts for Allen School Alumni (Gmail, Drive and other services). We advise that you take steps to preserve and migrate your data as soon as you can.

Your CSE Cloud accounts will remain active for at least one quarter following graduation to allow time for you to migrate content. During the second quarter after graduation, your Cloud accounts will be suspended and no longer accessible. At the end of the second quarter after graduation, at least 30 days after account suspension, all Cloud account data will be permanently deleted.

You can read more about these changes on our CSE Google Workspace Cloud Changes page.

CSE GitLab Projects

Three months following graduation (presuming Spring graduation), CSE GitLab user accounts will be disabled and all projects in your personal namespace archived (changed to read-only). Archived projects are subject to removal six months after graduation for disk space recovery.

If you have a project in your personal namespace which will be used by others after you graduate, please transfer that project to a different namespace via the GitLab web interface.

What Do I Need to Do?

Set your CSE Email Forwarding

Use our self-service forwarding tool (https://forwarding.cs.washington.edu) to forward your @cs email address to a personal account before account expiration. We will route and forward mail sent to your original CSE email address indefinitely to the external email address you supply.

We will continue to offer email forwarding and if you use the email forwarding tool listed above, we will route and forward mail sent to your original CSE email address indefinitely to the external email address you supply.

In any event, your original CSE account name will be preserved indefinitely.

Note: This change will now align with UW's policy on cloud accounts following graduation. See: https://itconnect.uw.edu/connect/email/modernization-overview/#resourcesalumni for UW's service policy.

Migrate Your Cloud/Local Data

Personal Data

You can use Google Takeout to migrate your Google drive, email, or other content to a different Google account. For other Cloud-related migration options, including migration of O365 account data see Migrate UW Google or UW Microsoft Content

Research/Shared Data

Transfer ownership of Cloud data that is still used/needed by others at CSE (e.g. fellow researchers, lab, etc.), either to another's account, Shared Cloud Drive, or on-site project space. If you have a significant amount of data and are not sure where/how to transfer it before your account expires, email support@cs and CC any relevant parties (e.g. your faculty PI or lab manager).

Web Forwarding

If you would like your CSE personal home page URL redirected externally after leaving, email support@cs with subject "Home page forwarding request" or use the following link to Request CSE Web Forwarding, specifying the external URL you'd like your personal home page redirected to.

CSE Alumni Resources

A collection of resources and information available to all CSE Alumni is gathered on the Alumni pages.