Duke University recognizes and utilizes electronic mail as a medium for official communications. The University provides all students with e-mail accounts as well as access to e-mail services from public clusters if students do not have personal computers of their own.The e-mail type of "alias" is used for official university communications.

All students are expected to access their e-mail accounts on a regular basis to check for and respond as necessary to such communications, just as they currently do with paper/postal service mail.