Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about my UO email account. I already have an email account I’m totally happy with. Why do I have to activate my UO email account?
All University of Oregon students are given a UO email account. It’s the account that ends with “@uoregon.edu.” Students are expected to check their UO email account frequently.
The University provides you with an email account because it must be able to communicate quickly and efficiently with enrolled students in order to conduct official University business. The institution has determined that email is an available, accessible and appropriate medium for this communication. As such, unless prohibited by law, the University may (and will) send official communication to students by email to the account provided by the University. This communication is sent to you with the full expectation that such emails will be read in a timely fashion.
Yes, you heard me right, “in a timely fashion.” According to the University’s email policy, students are expected to review the emails received through their UO email account on a frequent and consistent basis. You must also ensure your account doesn’t max out its storage capacity as this will prevent new emails from being delivered to you. This is important because some messages may be time sensitive.
You may, if you choose, set it up so that your UO email account automatically gets forwarded to your personal email address, perhaps a gmail or Yahoo email address. However, this is not recommended. There is a risk these emails may be lost or blocked in the forwarding process. If that were to happen, that does not relieve you of your obligation to the University.
The journalism school does follow the University email policy. All communication with current journalism students is conducted via email. This includes application notices, scholarship award letters and petition decisions. Professors also communicate with students through their UO email account. In some cases, you may get an email from a professor even if the term hasn’t started yet. Remember, you are obligated to check your UO email account, even if school is not in session.
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