E-mail is the official means of communication between MSU College of Law and the student body. When an MSU Law administrator or department sends out a communication by e-mail, the student is deemed to have received notice of the communication.
Several sections of this policy originate from the MSU Student E-mail Communications Notice originally published February 15, 2006.
Revised February 28, 2006.
- Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for reading any and all electronic communications sent to your MSU e-mail account from MSU College of Law administration and departments. Certain communications may be time-sensitive. Failure to read official MSU College of Law communications sent to the students' official MSU e-mail addresses does not absolve students from knowing and complying with the content of those communications.
Each MSU Law student has an MSU e-mail account and is responsible for checking this account. This is the only e-mail address that the College of Law will centrally maintain for sending official communications to students.
Each student must manage his or her University e-mail account to ensure that the Inbox file has sufficient space to allow for e-mail delivery. Students act at their own risk and should take precautions if they choose to have their e-mail forwarded to an e-mail address other than their official MSU e-mail address.
- Spam Filters
Commercial and other e-mail services sometimes block e-mail from external sources. "Spam" filters applied outside of the MSU Mail e-mail service may block e-mail that the student needs to receive. MSU is not responsible for any difficulties that may occur in the proper or timely transmission of or access to e-mail forwarded to any e-mail address other than the official MSU e-mail address, or which may be blocked by spam filters other than those applied by the Mail.msu e-mail system itself. As a result, the student might not receive official e-mails from MSU Law.
Any such difficulties will not absolve students of their responsibility to know and comply with the content of official communications sent to students' official MSU e-mail addresses.
Therefore, students are strongly encourage not to forward their MSU e-mail address and instead to get into the habit of checking their MSU e-mail account daily.
If you have issues receiving MSU Law e-mails to your MSU e-mail account: Login to http://mail.msu.edu and click on the Preferences link at the top of the web page. On the right side of the Preferences page, there is a section to list Blocked and Trusted email addresses. Check to make sure that any MSU Law department e- mail addresses (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) are NOT listed in the Blocked address list. Add any MSU Law department e-mail addresses to the "Trusted addresses" list. Then click the Update Preferences button at the bottom of the page to save these changes.
Finally, near the bottom of the page on the left side is a section labeled Malmail Settings. If the Malmail setting is "Block SPAM (SPAM will be discarded)", temporarily change the setting to "Move to SPAM folder". That way, if for any reason the MSU system is incorrectly moving any MSU Law email messages to the SPAM folder, we know this is occurring because of the MSU mail system settings. Again, click the Update Preferences button at the bottom of the page to save these changes.
- Catalog MSU Law e-mails
IMPORTANT: Students should make sure they catalog all MSU Law department e-mail addresses as non-spam in their personal e-mail accounts to avoid any issues. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org for Student Affairs, email@example.com for the Registrar's Office, firstname.lastname@example.org for Career Services, email@example.com for Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org for Daily Announcements.
- Processing Student Requests via E-mail
MSU College of Law departments (example: Registrar's Office, Financial Aid) will NOT process any written requests that come from personal e-mail addresses. Make sure you use your MSU e-mail address when you make an inquiry or request via e-mail with College of Law departments.
- Student Responsibility
There are bulletin boards located on the first floor near Sparty's reserved for posting Law College events, outside of several Law College classrooms, and on the second floor with announcements from Alumni Relations, Career Services, Financial Aid, Moot Court, Law Review, Registrar's Office, and Student Affairs.
Posting of Flyers
Students are prohibited from posting any flyers or printed materials on any painted, wood, or glass surface in the building. If flyers or printed materials are found in these areas they will be removed. There are corkboard strips and bulletin boards available throughout the building and in Sparty's Café for posting.
The Events Office sends out a daily e-mail with announcements of events and activities for the Law College during the upcoming week. Students are strongly encouraged to:
- make sure their personal e-mail account will not treat as spam any e-mails coming from "email@example.com" and/or
- read the daily announcements for important MSU Law notices and events.