If you are leaving the Urbana campus, access to email and other network services may still be available to you depending on your circumstances.
Note: CITES system maintenance schedules may allow an account to remain active somewhat longer than the guidelines below. Do not assume that your account will remain active if it has not been deactivated by the given deadline. In addition, keep in mind that violations of University policies regarding computing access may result in the immediate deactivation of your account.
For more information about what happens to your accounts if you are a student leaving campus (with or without graduating), visit the Leaving Campus for Students page.
For more information about what happens to your accounts if you are a staff or faculty member leaving campus (with or without retiring), visit the Leaving Campus for Faculty and Staff page.
Before you lose your email account and network access, you should make arrangements to establish a new account with another organization. Some options are listed below.
The University of Illinois Alumni Association offers all alumni a free, web-based email address and account.
To register for an account, go to http://www.illinoisalumni.org.
If you have questions about the email service or the Alumni Association, please send email to email@example.com or call 217-333-1471.
Many institutions, both corporate and educational, provide their members with network access.
Be sure, however, to check the network usage policy of any organization you are joining before moving files or forwarding mail to an account provided by it.
Private ISPs allow you to purchase network access at a variety of speeds for a variety of monthly rates.
Most ISPs provide email addresses and a limited amount of file storage and web publishing space along with the network access you receive.
See Choosing an ISP for more information.
Once you've established another email account, you may begin forwarding your campus email to your new account by using the Illinois Directory redirection service, which will work for one year after your account is discontinued. The Illinois Directory redirection service will forward any email sent to your campus address (NetID@illinois.edu or NetID@uiuc.edu).
You should always use NetID@illinois.edu as your return address, as email sent to NetID@somewhere.illinois.edu will not be forwarded and will be rejected after your email account is discontinued.
Note: The forwarding feature of your campus email service (CITES Exchange or Google Apps @ Illinois) will no longer function once your access is terminated. The only way to redirect your campus email is through the Illinois Directory email redirection service.
- Go to the Electronic Directory Editor at http://ede.cites.illinois.edu.
- Enter your NetID and NetID password when prompted.
- If you have more than one entry, you will be presented with a list of entries that you can edit. From that list, select your NetID entry. If you have only one entry, proceed to the next step.
- Find the field entitled email and enter your new email address, complete with the @ sign.
- Click Apply.
- Log out as instructed.
It may take up to two hours for this change to become effective. Once effective, all email sent to your campus email address will be forwarded to the new email address.
For help with your accounts when preparing to leave, contact the CITES Help Desk.