Student Email

Student Email

As a student at a school within the Virginia Community College System, you have access to Google Apps for Education. Therefore, your student email account utilizes Gmail, and it is through your Gmail account that you can access and utilize several other Google applications.  Students are required to use this account for all email correspondence with the college including communication with instructors.  Please review the information below concerning access to that account, what tools you have access to through your gmail account, etc.  


Your Student Gmail Account

Gmail Logo

All student email addresses are Google Email is accessed through your web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and is the system that should be utilized for all college email correspondence.

  • You do not need to create an account with Google.
  • Access your student gmail account through or through your MySVCC page. Your MySVCC page is a portal page that automatically logs you in to Canvas, the Student Information System, and your Gmail account. Once you log-in you will see links to all of those systems.
  • If you do not know your user name and/or password, you can look up your user name and reset your password online or contact our help desk. To do this online, you will need to go click on the link below to enter your name, date of birth, and social security number, and what you enter must match what is in our system for this to work. If you are unable to do this, you will need to contact the college for assistance.  College Help Desk
  • Instructors may message you using the "Inbox" feature of Canvas, default to copying in your student gmail account. You can reply from gmail or from the Canvas Inbox itself.
  • While taking a class with Southside, you should check this email account several times each week.
  • When sending an email an instructor, remember that subject lines are very important, because it is the first thing your instructor will see when checking his or her e-mail. Subject lines to your instructors should contain the class name and section number. Example: BIO101-02
  • Always keep your e-mails short and to the point. Be very clear and specific about the problem or question you have and include your name at the bottom of your e-mail.
  • Note: As of February 2020, students will not have access to their student gmail accounts until they have made a financial commitment to the college, in the form of class enrollment. Students will still be able to access Canvas and the Student Information System until such commitment is made.
  • Student Email Guidelines

Using Your Gmail Account - Online Tutorials

Other Google Apps

What are Google Apps?

These other applications are accessible through your student gmail account. Go to your Gmail account and look in the upper left corner. You will see links for calendar, documents (docs), google sites, and drive.

Google CalendarGoogle Calendar - Google Calendar enables users to easily schedule meetings, create multiple calendars accessible online, and share calendars with others. They are also easily accessible through mobile devices.

Calendar Demo

Calendar Help - Getting Started, How To, and Fixing an Issue

Google DocumentsGoogle Docs - Web-based documents, spreadsheets, drawings and presentations that let users edit the same file at the same time so you always have the latest version.

Docs General Info

Docs Help - Getting Started, How To, and Fixing an Issue

Google DriveGoogle Drive - Google Drive is your place to keep single up-to-date versions of all of your files online.

What is Google Drive

Drive Overview

Drive Help

Sync Google Docs to Your Computer with Drive

Below is a list of additional Google applications available to students.  Google Applications  

• Google+
• Maps
• News
• Vault
• YouTube