If you have chosen to forward your e-mail to a different e-mail system, then the three addresses described above will all forward to that outside e-mail system. You may turn mail forwarding on and off at start.rit.edu/MailPreference.
Other e-mail systems at RIT
Some departments at RIT have chosen to operate their own mail systems -- either now or at times in the past. If you are using one of these systems, you should be aware that they are not necessarily linked to your RIT computer account (or its associated e-mail addresses).
However, you can provide a link by making sure that your @rit.edu mail is forwarded to the mail system you actually use. That way way, any mail sent to your @rit.edu address gets to where you actually read your mail.
So, we strongly recommend that you update your identity and e-mail preferences at start.rit.edu. You can set mail forwarding to send your @rit.edu mail to the other mail system.
Why? This will let others who are using the campus-wide mail system find you to send you mail, if needed, through the on-line RIT Directory. It will also allow some official RIT mail to reach you properly at your @rit.edu address, even if you aren't reading mail from the main RIT system. This will help provide more seamless communication with the rest of the Institute.
Again, even in these circumstances, we recommend that the address you publish in the RIT Directory be your basic e-mail address (like "firstname.lastname@example.org"). This does not affect the behind-the-scenes forwarding of your mail to the other system, or delivery of mail from those people who choose to send messages directly to your e-mail address on the other system.