If you are using Binghamton University resources for email, you are expected to abide by the Binghamton University Computer and Network Usage Policy.
Email System - Google Apps
Binghamton University has partnered with Google to provide our students, faculty, and staff with access to the powerful communication and collaboration services available under Google Apps Education Edition. Our previous email system was replaced with our implementation of Google Apps Education Edition during the Spring 2010 semester.
The specific applications that are available include Gmail (Bmail), Google Calendar and Google Chat, as well as Google Drive and Google Sites. As the University's provider of these applications, Google guarantees an uptime of 99.9 percent, in a safe and secure environment. Google Apps will provide larger mailboxes and allow for larger attachments to be sent and received, the power of Google Search in email, access to a shared calendaring system, expanded document storage, a website creation tool, an integrated chat facility and support of mobile devices.
For more information, visit our Google Apps at Binghamton University page.
All students, faculty, and staff are issued a binghamton.edu email account commonly called a Bmail account. Before logging into Bmail/Google Apps for the first time, you must create a secure password. To do this, go to https://password.binghamton.edu and follow the instructions. To set the Bmail password staff and faculty will need their user ID and Computer Account password. Your Bmail address is your user ID@binghamton.edu.
Information Technology Services recommends that you use the web interface to Bmail (http://bmail.binghamton.edu); however, the mailbox can be accessed with a mail client of your choice (Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook) or by a mobile device.
Google Groups & Listservs
Google Groups is a convenient way to send messages to groups of people with a common interest including groups, departments, classes or organizations. Google Groups provide similar functionality to traditional listservs, but give the Group Owner the ability to create and manage the group. Many groups on campus use Google Groups to communicate with their members. For information about creating a Google Group please visit IT Self Service.
Check your Binghamton University Email regularly
University offices and individual members of the University community rely on Binghamton University email addresses as their primary means of communication both to individuals (via one-on-one email messages) and to the community at large (via listservs and other multi-recipient transmissions). Although some mail, both "official" and unofficial, is sent both by email and in hard copy, the University sends all official mail to faculty, staff, and students to their individual email addresses in the "binghamton.edu" domain, and sometimes only to those addresses. By "official" we mean such things as grades, offers (and denials) of employment, library overdue and book-arrival notices, bills for tuition and fees, notices of probation or suspension or termination, and letters of commendation or reprimand -- among many other time-sensitive and important communications we could mention. For that reason, all faculty, staff, and students should check their Binghamton email frequently and are expected to do so at least weekly during the academic year while classes are in session. Individual faculty and others may require even more frequent checks by, for example, students enrolled in a particular course or employees working in a particular office. Users should recognize that their email can contain important and highly confidential information that they may wish to ensure remains secure and confidential by not giving others access to it.
Viruses, worms and spam (unsolicited commercial email) have become increasingly prevalent in electronic mail sent to the University community, some of it capable of causing damage to our infrastructure and resulting in costly downtime. In order to protect the integrity of campus computing, Google provides spam filtering for campus email. Click here for more info. on Gmail.