Policy on Email for Official College Communications with Students

STUDENT HANDBOOK: Policies and Procedures

Electronic mail (email) is an official College communication mechanism with students. Along with other forms of campus communications such as campus mail, students are responsible for receiving, reading, complying with, and responding to email communications from the College.

Students must register for a Bennington College network ID and email address at register.bennington.edu. All official College communications will be sent to this email address. Students who do not register for this network ID will not receive official College email. Because some official College communications may be sent solely via email, this means such students will not receive all necessary information from the College.

The College provides several mechanisms so that students may access their official Bennington email accounts. Although students may also forward their email from their official Bennington email address to another email address, they do so at their own risk. Bennington College is not responsible for the student’s receipt of any email forwarded to another email address.

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

Please note: A student’s failure to receive or read in a timely manner College communications sent to the student’s official email address does not absolve the student from knowing and/or complying with the content of the communication.