Q: What is an email alias?
An email alias is a personalized electronic mail address that points to a destination address where someone usually reads their mail. Mail sent to the alias address will automatically forward to the destination address. Georgia Tech electronic mail aliases are created in the format firstname.lastname@example.org, where alias is self-assigned based upon availability. The terms "email alias" and "alias" are often used interchangeably.
Q: How many @gatech.edu email aliases can I have?
Everyone at Georgia Tech is allowed one personal @gatech.edu email alias. This email alias is not another email account, but instead an email address that will deliver email to one of your existing email addresses. If you are faculty or staff member, you may have other email aliases related to your employee account(s).
Q: How do I receive and send email using my email alias?
Incoming email addressed to your alias will be delivered to the destination address associated with the alias. You should continue to send email from the account(s) that you already use. The return address field displayed on your email messages can be configured to display your alias, depending on the email software you are using. Here are some menu path examples for setting your return address:
- Eudora: Tools==>Options==>Sending Mail
- Microsoft Outlook Express: Tools==>Accounts==>Mail==>Properties
- Spectrum Webmail: Options==>Your Information==>Personal Information
- Thunderbird: Tools==>Account==>E-mail Address
IMPORTANT NOTE: Faculty and staff should verify their departmental policy regarding email aliases prior to sending mail "From" email@example.com.
Q: How often can I change my email alias?
You can change your email alias once a semester as long as 30 days have passed since your last change. This rule applies to everyone.
Q: How long can I keep my email alias?
You can keep your self-assigned @gatech.edu alias as long as you have a Georgia Tech email account.
Q: What email address will be displayed in the GT online directory?
Students with published email addresses who select an @gatech.edu email alias will have that address published in the Georgia Tech Directory. Faculty and staff will continue to have their firstname.lastname@example.org address displayed unless departmental policy allows publication of @gatech.edu aliases and their IT support to change employees' published addresses.
E-mail for Life Terms & Conditions
Email-for-Life service is intended for the private use of authorized, Georgia Tech-affiliated individuals.
EMFL users are encouraged to use these services in a manner consistent with all applicable laws and policies.
Users are strongly requested to refrain from using the service for commercial, political, or business use such as
selling products. Any use which does not respect the image and reputation of Georgia Tech is improper and may result
in termination of user privileges.
EMFL users understand that they may periodically receive email communications from Georgia Tech and/or affiliated
organizations. Georgia Tech will take all reasonable steps to protect the privacy of EMFL users, including but not
limited to, not making forwarding addresses available to any non-affiliated organization.
Administration & Termination of Service
EMFL users are expected to set up and manage their own email alias(es), their forwarding email address, and any
necessary administrative procedures to manage their user profiles. In an effort to streamline the service, Georgia Tech
will send annual renewal messages to all EMFL users; users who do not respond to the first or second renewal requests
will have their email alias(es) and forwarding service deactivated.
Georgia Tech reserves the right to change the EMFL Terms & Condition at any time, including discontinuation of service.
Any such changes will be communicated to all subscribed users.