Sign Up for Graduate Student MS Teams

Once these three steps (below) are complete, you will receive an email informing you of your access.

Please review the MS Teams Guidelines and Tips for Getting Started.

Questions? Please email 

3 Steps to Access Graduate Student MS Teams

  1. Get access to Microsoft 360 using your SFU credentials.
  2. Make sure you are signed up for Multi-Factor Authentication.

MS Teams Guidelines for Graduate Students

This is a Team for connecting new and returning graduate students at Simon Fraser University (SFU). We hope your participation will foster connections between you and your peers, establishing bonds across academic units.

General Rules

  • Treat all members of the MS Teams community with respect. There will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or different ability. Anyone who incites harm towards other members of the community (be it through the chat, video or audio functions) will be removed at the discretion of GPS and moderator and the matter will be referred to SFU administration.
  • Thoughtful questions and conversations are welcome in the appropriate channel or chat. If your question is for a particular member, type “@name” at the beginning.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge. Please refer to people using the usernames they provide.
  • Spam posts will not be tolerated. Spammers will be ejected from this group at the sole discretion of GPS.
    • Ads for roommates, rental places, useful stuff for sale are all fine and probably not spam unless you post it too frequently. Please use the Random channel for this purpose.
  • Research surveys and invites for participation with SFU ethics-approved research are allowed. If it doesn't have SFU ethics approval, it will be removed. Please use the Research channel for this purpose.

Questions for GPS

  • If you have a general question for GPS admin you are welcome to ask it in the "Questions for GPS" channel.
  • Do not post any personal information such as Student ID, email addresses or phone numbers in the channel as you will be making that information available to anyone in this Team – this this is a semi-public venue and anything posted here may be viewed by all those with access.
  • If you have a specific question about your student status or finances please send an email to If you have a program specific question please reach out to your Graduate Program Assistant.


GPS is available to answer questions but will not be actively monitoring channels unless specifically necessary.

Tips for Getting Started

Teams can be a bit confusing if you haven't had a chance to use it before. Take some time to get acquainted with the platform and have fun!

Additional Tips and Training

Difference between Channel vs Chat

Channel – organized information within the entire Team

  • Public
  • Notifications are set to off by default
  • Make use of the reply button and keep channel conversations relevant to that channel’s purpose and topic.

Chat – is a conversation between 2 or more members

  • Private
  • Can be one-to-one or with a group
  • Notifications are set to on by default

Conversations, Chats and Messages

  • The use of ALL CAPS, images, memes, emojis, stickers and GIFs can convey different tones. Use them mindfully.
  • Use @ mentions mindfully.
  • Consider using the emoji reaction button to acknowledge a message instead of a short reply.