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May 31 - Major change for Cornell email forwarding

On May 31, CIT will change how it provides the service that lets Cornell faculty, staff, students, and alumni automatically forward their Cornell email to non-Cornell accounts.

This new forwarding method will change the appearance of certain messages, and will affect anyone who automatically forwards their Cornell email to a non-Cornell account.

This change is necessary to prepare Cornell for a DMARC policy change that Google announced it would make in June to more aggressively defend against fraudulent email. The new policy would have prevented delivery of certain Cornell email. Cornell’s new forwarding method ensures this mail will still be delivered. Other major email service providers are expected to make similar changes (and some already have).

Cornell faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni can completely avoid this issue by using Cornell-provided email services to read and respond to their email, instead of forwarding their Cornell mail to a non-Cornell account. All alumni are now eligible for a Cmail account if they want one.

Important notes:

  • Messages sent from an address to an address will not be affected.
  • If you use a Cornell email service (Office 365 or Cmail) to read and respond to your Cornell email, NONE of your messages will be affected.
  • You can manage where your Cornell email is delivered at WhoIAm.

CIT is broadly communicating about the May 31 change to everyone who has an active Cornell email account. We understand that this new method has some drawbacks and may require people to change how they handle some messages. Cornell considered multiple options to address this issue, and the new method is the best one at this time.

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