Email & Calendars

I am a Harvard College student. Why can't I log into Skype or other Office 365 applications?

As a Harvard College student, your email, calendaring, and social applications are supported by Google. Your account is a Gmail account. It also gives you access to the Google Education Suite, including: Drive, Hangouts, Chats, Calendar, Sites and more. You do not have access to Microsoft Exchange products, which include, Outlook online, Calendar online and Skype for Business. You do have access to most Microsoft products including: SharePoint, Yammer, Microsoft Forms and the Office Online for Education suite.

What are best practices for configuring a new mailing list?

Best pratices for configuring a listserv or new mailing list using University-provided services:

  • Use a university-provided mailing list service
  • Only configure the default setting to keep archives to yes if you have a reason to maintain archives for a majority of lists
  • Configure the default setting for access archives to private
  • Notify subscribers of the mailing list archive status (enabled or
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What happens to my Harvard accounts after I leave the University?


This page summarizes what happens to your accounts and online access when you leave the University. You may have already received notification that one or more of your Harvard accounts will soon close. Eligibility to services is based on your active affiliations: (1) your type of role (e.g. faculty, staff, student, or other affiliate) and (2) your school or department. When active status ends, eligibility ends immediately, or after an extended period of eligibility known as a grace period. Note that some people hold more than one

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CALists Mailing Lists


HUIT offers a mailing list service to Harvard affiliates (using Mailman, an open-source mailing list system). While HUIT provides and maintains the Mailman service for its clients, individual faculty or staff members administer each list as the list owner.

Mailman allows list subscribers and owners to utilize and manage a robust bulk mailing platform using a web interface or by sending email-based commands. Mailman also offers a number of configurable options for individual list owners, including spam filtering and list archiving.


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How do I update my password for email services on a mobile device?

To update your password on iOS devices (iPad/iPhone)

  • Open "Settings."
  • Select "Mail, Contacts, Calendar."
  • Select your Harvard Exchange account.
  • Select "Account."
  • Select the "Password" field to clear your old password and enter your new password.
  • Select "Done."

To update account settings for an HTC Hero running Android

  • Open the "Mail" application used to access your Harvard account.
  • Click the "Menu" button and select "More".
  • Select "Settings".
  • Select "account
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Can FAS account names be changed?

The assigned or chosen FAS account or user name can be changed only under very specific conditions:

  • A misspelled user name resulting from an error in our database.
If, for example, John Harvard was misspelled to jharverd, we would correct the spelling error.
  • A legal name change.
Ensure the change has been made with the appropriate Registrar or Personnel Office before requesting the change to your FAS username.
  • If the automated method of creating the FAS username
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Email Aliasing

An email alias is an alternate email address that directs email to a primary email address. It is generally used in the context of creating an email address like pointing to or It may also be used to create an email address such as pointing to a list or multiple email addresses. Email aliases are governed under policies and guidelines established by the trademark office.

Authorized Requestors

Group or resource mailboxes and group or resource calendars changes can be requested by the mailbox or calendar owner

Authorized Requestors are supplied by each Department for the purpose of:

  1. Requesting create user accounts
  2. Requesting delete user accounts
  3. Modification of group membership for network drives

These requests should be submitted in writing, either by our on-line form (Create/delete user) or by email sent from the Authorized Requestor. Requests for Create/Delete

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