Beginning April 12 Ball State will implement a new means of protecting e-mail addresses of Ball State students, faculty, and staff from spammers.
Currently e-mail addresses for Ball State faculty, staff and students are posted on the search results pages and department directory lists. There are indications that spammers have taken advantage of this public information by creating computer programs (known as spiders) to crawl through the Internet to retrieve e-mail addresses from these online sources.
The result is that your inbox is inundated with unsolicited e-mail.
To help resolve this problem, an alternative method for displaying e-mail addresses will be implemented on April 13th. This change will impact how you and people outside the university get e-mail addresses of Ball State students and employees.
If you are an employee or student with a valid BSU username and password, simply select the Log in to view e-mail option or to avoid these steps altogether, use the global address list in your Outlook/Webmail address book to locate an individual on campus.
Off-campus searchers will have the opportunity to Request contact info from you -- meaning they will be asked to supply their name, e-mail address, and reason for their need to contact you. It will be at your discretion whether or not you respond to their inquiry.
Although this method, along with the other measures we have implemented will not eliminate all spam in your inbox, it will hinder spammers from gathering e-mail addresses from our community.
Take a moment to explore the links on this page to learn more about what you can do to manage spam and what other steps UCS is taking to limit its proliferation.