Email :: Configuring and Using Email Aliases

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In addition to your email address (your preferred email address), you can also use; this is known as your formal email alias and is assigned automatically to faculty and staff members. All emails sent to your formal email alias will automatically be redirected to your preferred email address so that all your mail is delivered to a single email inbox.

You have the option to change your formal email alias if your formal name in the HSU database is not the name you normally use, and to set up two additional informal email aliases, for example for use in connection with a specific project.

Confirming Your Preferred Email Address and Formal Email Alias

  1. Log into Account Center using your HSU User Name and Password.
  2. Click the Account Tools tab
  3. Choose Email Settings and then Set/Update Preferred Email Address.
  4. We strongly recommend you keep your address as your preferred email address; the University is not responsible if an email sent to your HSU email address does not reach your non-HSU email inbox for any reason.
  5. Under Personalized Email Aliases, verify that your current formal email alias is in fact your In the event that your formal name is, for example, Jonathan and you go by Jon, you can change your formal email alias by contacting the Technology Help Desk at (707) 826-HELP (4357).

Adding Informal Email Aliases

You can choose to create up to two informal email aliases. These must be HSU addresses ending in and will be changed if they are not submitted in this format.  Simply enter your preferred informal email alias in the box and click the Create Email Alias button. Informal aliases are assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be the same as any existing address or alias. If your preferred alias is available, it will be accepted by the system; if it is already in use by someone else, you will be asked to suggest a different alias. Changes may take several hours to take effect.

You may change or delete these aliases at any time, but be aware that, once you change or delete an alias, that alias is immediately available for use by someone else. If you have given the alias to others as an email address and then deleted it, mail sent to the alias will be returned to the sender as undeliverable until someone else re-uses that alias.

Conditions of Use

The use of Humboldt State University informal email aliases service is a privilege, not a right. As such, the privilege may be revoked at any time if an account holder creates an alias that reflects negatively on the University or which may convey inaccurate or inappropriate information to the recipient of an email message. An example could be an email alias that is created which implies the sender represents an office of the University or holds a position with the University that he or she does not hold.

Email sent or received through the official campus system is part of official campus business and is the property of the campus. 

Information and Assistance

If you need more information or assistance with this service, contact the Technology Help Desk at (707) 826-HELP (4357) or fill out an online trouble ticket.

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