Procedures for Winter & Spring Break, Official Leaves and Graduation
The following are procedures detailing how the College handles student mail over the Spring Semester 2021 for those students that are not coming to campus or are on leave during the academic year.
Mail Services will be automatically forwarding first class mail to students’ permanent home addresses currently on-file with the Registrar’s Office. Those students that are remaining in College residential halls will continue to have their mail delivered to their Altschul mailboxes.
How long does it take before I receive my forwarded mail?
Sorting and processing the initial batch of forwarding mail can take up to a week at the beginning of the semester, and is then sent to the Manhattanville Post Office to forward. After the initial backlog, mail to be forwarded is processed and turned over to the post office every weekday. However, the Post Office generally takes longer to process forwarded mail than regular first class mail, so expect delays of a week or more.
What if I need my mail to go to a different address?
Temporary changes in address can managed by completing the Student Mail Forwarding Form available on myBarnard. Click on the Student View tab, then the Student Services link. Under the myMail & Print tab on the right side of the screen, click on the Mail and Package Forwarding link. Be sure to fill out all information requested in the format indicated. You may change the information on this Web form as often as you wish.
What about my packages?
If your mailbox is closed for the semester, your packages will be handled according to the policies of the carrier. U.S. Postal Service packages will be forwarded to U.S. addresses only. The U.S. Postal Service will forward personal packages sent by first class and priority mail to U.S. addresses only. Store bought merchandise received will be sent to USPS for forwarding, however, per their current policies, these packages will likely be returned to vendor and not forwarded to recipient. Other packages, including those from private carriers such as FedEx and UPS, are given back to the carrier and returned to sender.
Will you take requests by email or telephone?
For students who are off-campus, we will accept Email requests to close or open a mailbox if they come from your Barnard email account and include a daytime phone number where we can contact you if necessary. We do not accept email requests to change forwarding addresses nor do we accept changes of any kind over the telephone. Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I change my permanent home address?
Mail Services cannot make changes to your permanent home address. Current Barnard students must email the Registrar at Registrar@barnard.edu or call (212) 854-2011. Alumnae should contact Alumnae Records (646) 745-8306 or online at http://our.barnard.edu
Will my mail be forwarded to a foreign address?
Yes, for regular letters and cards. According to the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Manual, "Postcards and unregistered letters that do not appear to contain merchandise and do not bear a notice forbidding forwarding may be redirected to the original addressee in another country. Letters and cards are forwarded without prepayment of additional postage." Items other than letters and postcards "must be returned to the sender."
Magazines, newspapers, and local mail?
Magazines will be forwarded to U.S. addresses only. Newspapers will not be forwarded or saved. Inter-office mail is returned to sender.
MAIL FORWARDING FOR GRADUATING SENIORS
Mail received for recent graduates is forwarded for two terms.
WINTER 2020 GRADUATES
Notify Alumnae Relations (not Mail Services) of any changes to your address. See Barnard Alumnae Network for more information.