Leaving the School

Many accounts and services provided to students, faculty, and staff expire upon leaving campus. This page provides information on account expiration, as well as directions on forwarding your email, signing up for alumni association accounts, and transferring your files off the School's servers.

Please make sure to update your contact information with the School, including your address, phone number, and email address, by submitting an alumni update form.

If you have questions about any of the following, please send email to the help [at] support.lis.illinois.edu (Help Desk).

Email, Box, and electronic directory

Policies regarding email accounts for graduating students are still in a transitionary period. If you leave without graduating your email will expire on the tenth day of the first nonsummer term for which you do not register for classes. If you graduate, you may access your inbox for one semester. If you want continued access to your email, we recommend you either backup your messages or forward your messages to a non-Illinois account, and set up email redirection.

For detailed information regarding University accounts including setting up email forwarding, see the following URLs:

Your entry in the campus electronic phone directory will remain active after your graduation, or one year if you leave campus without graduating. Email sent to [your_netid]@illinois.edu will be forwarded to whatever address you put in your email field for one year. To edit this field, go to the electronic directory editor.

Box, the University’s cloud file storage service, removes access from students who have graduated at the beginning of every fall (exact date varies, ranging between late August and early September). In other words, if you graduated in May you have to move your files before the Fall. If you would like to continue using Box, the University recommends that you transfer your data from your University account to a new personal account with Box, which is free. See https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/page.php?id=53897 for more information.

iSchool domain login

Your iSchool domain account (used to access Moodle, the classroom servers, and computers in the iSchool building) will remain active indefinitely. You may be prompted to update your contact information on an annual basis in order to remain active. If your account becomes inactive after an extended period, it will expire, but can be easily restored by request. iSchool passwords expire annually and must be reset. Please see the password page for more information.

File storage

Effective January 2007, you will have access to files stored on iSchool servers for two years following graduation. After two years, access to files stored on these servers will end. It may be possible to retrieve files after this date; however, fees may be associated with this retrieval. For information on file storage, please view our file storage guide.

Library accounts

Like your Box account, your Library access is removed from students who have graduated at the beginning of every fall. Select library services are available to members of the alumni association. For more information on accessing library resources, please visit the Friends of the Library website.