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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams offer a chat-based group workspace within Office 365 that includes tools and content targeted for groups of users wanting to collaborate. Microsoft Teams can be created by Departmental Resource Coordinators using the Resource Coordinator Tools. When a Team is created, a resource coordinator can specify the owner of the Team. Using the Office 365 Portal or the Microsoft Teams client, Team owners can add additional owners, manage the membership of the Team, add channels and content, and set options for the Team, such as setting it to be public or private team.

Introduction to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Team FAQs

Who can create Microsoft Teams?

How can users access a Microsoft Team?

Teams are accessible using any of the methods listed below:

  • Office 365 Portal: From the Office 365 Portal, click the "waffle" icon (top-left), click "All apps" link if the "Teams" icon isn't visible, click "Teams".
  • Teams Client: Microsoft Teams clients are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Once installed, you'll need to login with your username in the format of along with your eID password.
  • Teams URL: Microsoft Teams can be accessed directly at

Can the content of a deleted Microsoft Team be recovered?

Tools are available to Office 365 Admins to recover deleted Microsoft Teams. However, please note that not all content may be recoverable in the event that a Team is inadvertently deleted by a Team Owner or Resource Coordinator. Please contact the Central IT Help Desk ( or 970-491-7276) if you need to recover a deleted Microsoft Team, and the issue will be escalated to ACNS for next steps.

What is the difference between a "public" vs "private" Microsoft Team?

Private teams can only be joined if a team owner adds a user to the Team. Also, private Teams will not appear in a user's teams gallery/list unless the user is a member of the Team. Public teams are visible to everyone from the teams gallery, and any CSU user can join the Team without getting approval from a team owner.

Team owners can change the privacy settings for a Team by navigating to the Microsoft Team in the Office 365 Portal > Clicking the "Edit team" option (via the "..." icon) > and Modifying the "Privacy" setting via the presented dropdown list.

Can e-mail be sent to a Microsoft Team?

Teams are listed in the Global Address List and e-mail can be directed at a Microsoft team. E-mail sent to a Microsoft Team is viewable in the Team mailbox, which is accessible from the Office 365 Portal (listed under Groups in the Outlook/mail view) or under the "Groups" sub-heading in click-to-run versions of Office/Outlook.

You can also directly send e-mail to a channel within a Microsoft Team using the steps noted at Reduce Email with Microsoft Teams. Step-by-step instructions are detailed under the subheading "How do I send an email to the channel?" on the link provided.

Please refer to Microsoft Teams and Channels for additional FAQs and information regarding Microsoft Teams.