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E-mail: Aliases

What is an e-mail alias?
What is a username?
Why are we allowing e-mail aliases?

How many aliases may I select?

How do I create an e-mail alias?


What is an e-mail alias?

  • Your official e-mail address is username@calvin.edu.
    For example, John C. Calvin's official e-mail address might be jcc2@calvin.edu.
  • You will also be given an e-mail alias of their first and last name, separated by a period. Middle initials will be used in cases of name conflict.
    For example, John C. Calvin would have an e-mail alias of john.calvin@calvin.edu.
  • You are allowed to pick an additional e-mail alias.
    For example, John C. Calvin could pick knights@calvin.edu.

Calvin automatically forwards any e-mail using your alias to your official Calvin e-mail box. Setting an e-mail alias does not change your username.

What is a username?

Each Calvin faculty, staff, and student is given a username. The username is what you use each time you log in to a Calvin system.

Why are we allowing e-mail aliases?

The e-mail alias that you select allows you to use a more personal name for e-mail. You can put it on your business cards or give them to friends or business contacts. Calvin automatically routes any e-mail using your e-mail alias to your official Calvin mailbox.

How many aliases may I select?

You may select one additional e-mail alias. You may change that alias at any time, but that will completely replace your former alias.

How do I create an e-mail alias?

Create your e-mail alias.

You may not choose an alias that:

  • is currently in use by someone else
  • includes the word Calvin or any Calvin department name
  • includes inappropriate language
  • is less than 5 or more than 30 characters in length