SharePoint Online is a web-based collaboration tool powered by Microsoft. SharePoint Online enables users to build websites, automate workflows, and communicate, while allowing administrators to control access to information.  

SharePoint Online combines Newsfeed, OneDrive, and Sites, and is offered as part of the Office 365 suite. With these three main hubs, SharePoint Online provides websites, document and file management, social networks, enterprise search, and business intelligence that can facilitate collaboration among team members.

  • Newsfeed: Use the social network to post news for other site members to see.
  • OneDrive: Store, share, and manage files among site members, inside and outside the organization. Documents and files are not assigned to one specific member so that files are not lost when members leave the group.
  • Sites: Create document libraries, lists, calendars and other applications that are useful for file management and collaboration between site members.

With SharePoint Online, you can store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device with a web browser.

Requesting a SharePoint Online site

Students, staff, and faculty, will be able to request a SharePoint Online site. To get a SharePoint Online site created for you, send an email to the ITS Technology Support Center ( that states that you are requesting a SharePoint Online site. This message will create a ticket and an agent will respond.

As the requester of the site, you will become the site administrator and will be able to:

  • Create subsite(s) under the main site and assign ownership as desired.
  • Self-assist for SharePoint Online related questions.
  • Restore data deleted from a subsite at the site level.
  • Enable/disable version history on the site/subsite and restore major versions of documents.
  • Customize the SharePoint Online  webpage.
  • Manage permissions on the site as desired. 

Users can also create a team site on their own through SharePoint Online. For more information on how to do so, review the article, Creating a Team SharePoint Online Site

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