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Official Communications

At Smith College, there is a need for electronic communication with students. It is the college's policy that e-mail be an official communication mechanism with students. Students have a right to accurate and timely information about matters affecting them. The college has the right to determine the appropriate vehicle for official communication about matters affecting students. Along with other forms of campus communications (campus mail, Acamedia, etc.), students are responsible for receiving, reading, complying with and responding to official e-mail communications from the college.

All students are assigned an official Smith College e-mail address and all official college communications are sent to this e-mail address. The official Smith email address for each student is listed in the official campus directory.

Faculty may assume that a student's official college e-mail is a valid mechanism for communicating with a student, and faculty may use e-mail for communicating with students registered in their classes. This policy ensures that all students are informed of course requirements communicated to them by e-mail from their course instructors. Students must submit coursework according to the acceptable guidelines established by their instructors.

Forwarding to an Alternate E-mail Address

The college provides several mechanisms so that a student may access her official Smith e-mail account. Optionally, a student may forward her e-mail from her official Smith email address to another e-mail address of her choice. A student who chooses to forward her e-mail to another e-mail address does so at her own risk. Smith College is not responsible for e-mail forwarded to any other e-mail address. A student's failure to receive or read in a timely manner official communications sent to the student's official e-mail address does not absolve the student from knowing and complying with the content of the official communication.

Contact ITS for assistance in forwarding your e-mail.