MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will no longer allow e-mail to be forwarded to off-campus service providers. The change will take effect with the start of winter-semester classes on Monday, Jan. 12. Students will have to use their NMU e-mail address to ensure that they receive tuition bills and other university announcements.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The decision was motivated by service providers such as America Online and Hotmail, which have started blocking Internet domains they perceive as “spamming” their customersÂ’ e-mail accounts.

When a large institution like NMU sends an e-mail message to many recipients, the service providers block all mail from that address, assuming it is spam. As a result, thousands of NMU e-mail messages are not getting through to the students for whom they are intended because many students have been forwarding university e-mail to another address.

Northern will attempt to counter this trend by not allowing e-mail to be forwarded. Students will need to check their university e-mail at their NMU address, but are still welcome to use their personal, non-NMU accounts for other purposes.

Students can direct questions to forward@nmu.edu or the NMU HelpDesk.

Prepared By
Miriam Moeller and Kristi Evans
News Director