Discontinuation of Harvard @post.harvard.edu and @alumni.harvard.edu Email Forwarding  

Harvard will begin discontinuing its email forwarding service for @post.harvard.edu and @alumni.harvard.edu email addresses in Fall 2022. Anyone with an existing email forwarding address will be notified well in advance (at least 3 months) of their email going away. In turn, as of May 2021, no new email forwarding addresses can be set up.  

Email forwarding is an aging service that many institutions have already discontinued. In recent years, due to tighter security protocols from email service providers, email forwarding faces more issues every year—issues like bounced emails, spam, phishing, that the alumni help desk cannot solve. For instance, emails sent to an email forwarding address are often perceived as spam or phishing attacks by email providers like Gmail or Yahoo. Email providers may reject emails sent to your forwarding address resulting in you not receiving them.  

If you have a forwarding address, you should not use it for any critical communications or functions such as business transactions, job searches, financial transactions, or password recovery. Given the discontinuation of the program, we recommend you start migrating off email forwarding now by removing it from any public facing accounts or profiles and telling your contacts to use your non-Harvard email address.  

For more information about the discontinuation of Harvard’s email forwarding service, please refer to the FAQs.   

General Information about Email Forwarding 

An email forwarding address is an address in the format name@alumni.harvard.edu, which can be set to forward to a designated email inbox. All email forwarding addresses adopted by alumni.harvard.edu users are subject to approval by AA&D. 

  • This service is an email forwarding service, not a stand-alone account. There is no email inbox and no way to send messages using this email alias. 
  • You must activate forwarding to receive messages through your email forwarding alias. 
  • Messages sent to your forwarding alias will automatically be forwarded to the address you have designated. 
  • It is not possible to retrieve messages directly from an email forwarding address, either through the web or using a desktop email program. 
  • Messages sent to an email forwarding address can only be retrieved through the address to which mail is being forwarded. 

By default, your outgoing mail will display the email address to which your name@post.harvard.edu or name@alumni.harvard.edu address is forwarding. It may be possible to configure your email account to display your forwarding address on outgoing messages. Because each email provider (Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.) has different functionality available as well as different instructions, the alumni help desk will not be able to support configuring your email forwarding address with your email inbox.

In turn, we discourage the use of the Send From or Send As feature. Many email providers see scammers use this method to send phishing attacks and spam. The email providers often reject email messages sent with Send From or Send As alias. It’s important to know that your message may not reach your intended recipient if you do use the feature.

Forwarding email addresses are separate from other Harvard email addresses, such as student addresses. Creating a forwarding email address will not allow alumni to continue receiving mail through student addresses after these addresses have expired. For more information about student email accounts, please visit http://huit.harvard.edu/faq/fas-account-expiration.

If you have any questions about setting up your email forwarding address, or about its functionality, please contact the AAD Service Desk.