Note: Microsoft Teams is an evolving service; settings within Teams may change with little to no notice as the ITS Project Team makes adjustments for security, compliance, or performance reasons.
Microsoft (MS) Teams is an enterprise-wide collaboration suite that lives within Mason’s Office 365 environment. At its core, MS Teams provides chat, audio calling, video calling, screen share, and more with individuals and groups outside of a team structure.
MS Teams is available via web browser, desktop application, and mobile app.
MS Teams is a self-service application. Training and support provided by ITS are limited to account access questions. Additional training is provided via online tutorials and collaboration with other users.
Within the structure of a formal team, team members have access to chat, audio calling, video calling, and screen share, as well as several additional Office 365 shared features:
- Notebook with OneNote
- Shared file storage with SharePoint integrated with your OneDrive
- Planner, and more within Team Sites.
Mason-branded virtual backgrounds are available.
Getting This Service
Microsoft Teams is part of your Office 365 Account. Office 365 accounts are automatically established for each employee when hired by the university. When you stop working at George Mason University, you will no longer be able to access your Office 365 employee account.
Mason student employees do NOT need an MS Teams account. If they require access as part of their work at Mason, they can be added as guests. For additional information, see Adding Guests in MS Teams.
Note: Students, Retirees, and Generic Accounts are not eligible for this service.
Access MS Teams
On the Web
On Your Desktop - Download the MS Teams App
Once ITS processes your request, we recommend using the MS Teams desktop application for full functionality. The application is available for direct download from within the MS Teams Web Application or at https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/download-app.
Download the Mobile App
Take MS Teams on the go with the MS Teams mobile app for Apple iOS or Android from your mobile device’s app store or click the following link from a browser on your mobile device: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/download-app
Once you install the app, you will sign in to the application using your Mason NetID, Patriot Pass Password and Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
The Team Owner creates the team and controls who has access, including adding members and other owners.
It is recommended that a Team have more than one owner. Please be sure to remove any team members who are no longer active faculty or staff from active Teams.
For information and eligibility for adding guests to teams (members who do NOT have accounts on Mason's Office 365 system for faculty and staff), see, Adding Guests in MS Teams.
Review the following information for an overview of the MS Teams structure and roles: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-channels-overview
This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.
Information on accessibility features in MS Teams can be found on Microsoft’s Accessibility support for Microsoft Teams page.
Microsoft Training Videos
The following information can help familiarize you with MS Teams and prepare you to collaborate with other MS Teams users.
- MS Teams Quick Start
- Intro to Microsoft Teams
- Start Chats and Calls
- Set-up and Customize your Team
- Collaborate in Teams and Channels
- Work with Posts and Messages
- MS Teams Training Videos
- Download the MS Teams Quick Guide
Additional Training Opportunities
Additional training is available via Mason’s Subscription to LinkedIn Learning. Visit https://lil.gmu.edu, log in with your Mason credentials, and search for Microsoft Teams. The Microsoft Teams Essential Training provides a popular overview.
Microsoft: Microsoft offers free instructor-led training webinars. See Instructor Led Training for Microsoft Teams for a list of training topics and to register for sessions.
All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.
Employee Security Bulletin
This service is intended for work-related public use data only. The university Data Stewardship Policy defines data classified for public use. Users are responsible for understanding and complying with this policy. For more information about data usage and classifications, reference the following:
Join the Collaboration Collective
The Collaboration Collective is a team for faculty and staff collaboration technology users to communicate with their peers and discuss new features, best practices, and other topics of interest as they pertain to the following ITS supported collaboration tools: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. This is not intended to replace submitting an issue via the ITS Support Center. The Collaboration Collective is moderated by members of the Mason community and members of ITS.
Submit an ITS support request if:
- It is something that requires an urgent/timely ITS response
- You are requesting training or troubleshooting
Post in one of the channels if:
- You would like to share a use case or feature you’ve found helpful
- You would like to test out a new feature with your peers
- You would like to know how your peers are using the tools