UW Office 365 is now HIPAA and FERPA compliant! Students who set up email through UW Deskmail should switch to Office 365 before October 2018.


When you enroll at the UW, you are asked to sign up for e-mail service through UW Outlook Live or UW Google Email. As a nursing student, however, you may be communicating sensitive information that cannot be sent via Outlook or Google servers.

Instead, you must sign up for UW Deskmail once you have cleared your School of Nursing compliance pieces.


Contact Student and Academic Services at 206.543.8736 or

Activating UW Deskmail

  1. Go to You should see the following screen:
    The student above currently uses the Google Apps cloud service. You may see something different depending on whether you are using UW Outlook Live or forwarding your email to a non-UW email address. When you see this screen, click on “UW Email Inbox” (under “Inactive Services”) and hit the “Subscribe” button.
  2. You should now see this screen:
  3. Next, go to UW Email Forwarding. You should see the following screen:
    Remember, for this example we are using Google Apps so our options may look different. Select “Forward to UW Deskmail” and click “OK.”
  4. You should now see this screen:
  5. You’ll use one of the options listed at to check your email. Here is a sample of the web-based option, Web Alpine (