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A 3rd party application is any application that connects to your Office 365 account that is not part of the standard list of applications and/or features of those applications offered through the agreement with Microsoft for the University’s implementation of Office 365. Add-ins, plug-ins, connectors, and apps from the App store are considered a 3rd party application.

ITS and the Information Security Office have created a vetting process for the use of 3rd party applications in Office 365 since sensitive data is allowed in various Office 365 applications at UNC. Please visit our Safe Computing Data Guide for a list of 3rd party applications that have been vetted and approved for use by UNC Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and students. 

We are happy to work with our customers to continue curating a list of applications that can be used with Office 365. If you have a specific application that you would like to be vetted, please submit a request via the Office 365 Services service request via Just search for “Office 365 Services” once you log in to and select “3rd party application” from the list of services.

  1. You will also need to have departmental representation via an IT director or departmental director to verify that the use of the application is necessary for your University work. Please include this verification in the service request.