When asked if Google’s rewrite caused their universities to modify agreements with the search giant before the revised policy was introduced, several technology administrators interviewed by The Chronicle said that they believed their arrangements provided sufficient protections for students and that they hadn’t made any changes.
“From our perspective, the agreement we have in place is adequate, and if we need to take further action we’ll continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly,” said Wendy Woodward, director of technology support services at Northwestern University. Ms. Woodward added that Northwestern has enabled few services outside the core group. When those additions were turned on, students were given a “buyer beware” warning that they’d be using consumer products subject to Google policy. The added services look different from Northwestern’s other applications so that users don’t get confused, Ms. Woodward said.
Tracy Schroeder, vice president for information systems and technology at Boston University, said in an e-mail that her institution’s contract gives students protection beyond Google’s general policy and will remain unchanged. The consumer services that may come into play “are not core services that are of concern to us at this time,” she wrote.