Slack is a channel-based platform that offers persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging. It allows users to communicate in private, group and public channels and share files and media.

Types of uses

  • workspaces and channels for communication
  • messages in groups and individually
  • voice and video calls
  • collaboration in a group/team
  • searchable file archives

What it looks like

Supported alternatives 

Useful information and tips

About this tool

Name: Slack
Vendor: Slack Technologies, Inc.
Cost: Free
Status: third-party platform

Approved for:

Level 1 Data: Public

Public is defined as:

  • Information deemed to be public by legislation and/or under University policy
  • Information in the public domain

Examples include:

  • names of employees and
    • business contact information
    • job profile
    • salary range
    • discretional benefits
    • relevant education
  • names of registered students and
    • dates of registration
    • program of registration
    • degree awarded
    • convocation date
  • annual reports
  • public announcements
  • telephone directory
  • published research data
Level 2 Data: Internal Use

Internal Use is defined as:

  • Information not approved for general circulation outside the University
  • Information the disclosure or loss of which would inconvenience the University although it would unlikely result in financial loss or reputational damage

Examples of this include:

  • internal memos sent to all members of a department
  • minutes of department meetings that are circulated to all members of a department
  • unpublished research data
  • anonymized or de-identified human subject data
  • library transactions and journals

Support available: From vendor – Slack Help Centre

Software license: Commercial, proprietary

Hosting: Servers hosted by vendor