Faculty or Staff Leaving the College

Whether you are retiring or leaving Bowdoin for other reasons, we wish you well in your future endeavors. Before you leave, please review the following information about your email and data.


  • Staff accounts are disabled at 11:59 PM on the scheduled day of departure or immediately upon termination.
  • Faculty accounts during periods of grade entry or terms ending in May are available for 30 days after the appointment ends so that any final work can be completed

Email is not permitted to be forwarded to any other email address and all staff email and non-research faculty emails are to remain at the college. You are permitted to take contacts with you if desired.

Note: A person's email mailbox is deleted from Bowdoin systems 30 days after departure and can not be retrieved. Please be sure that you are not using your Bowdoin email address for any 3rd party service, such as an online account or as a response address as any message received will be returned to the sender once the mailbox has been removed.

Notifying contacts that your email address is changing

A great way to tell people that you have a new email address and that you've graduated from Bowdoin is to set up an out of office message. Learn how.

Providing access to your email account for your manager

Because the work you've been involved in is important to the department or college, your manager or supervisor may need access to your email. You can share your email and calendar with the appropriate people before you leave. Learn how.


Over the course of time at Bowdoin faculty, staff and students create and receive a large amount of data in the forms of documents, projects, videos, music, etc. This data needs to managed in different ways depending on your role.


Staff data is the property of the college and can not be taken. Work with your supervisor on a location to copy your data to if there is a need to keep it for any reason. Any data left on a computer will be erased in order to prepare the computer for someone taking it over. If the position is being eliminated, the computer will be erased no more than 2 weeks after your departure.


Faculty data is split between personal research and institutional so may take some time to sort through. Data that is part of the faculty member's research is the property of the faculty and can be copied to some external service to take with you. Institutional data, such as that developed with and for a department, within faculty committees, etc. are the property of the college and should be made available to a department chair for determination on if it needs to be kept or can be deleted. This data should not leave the college upon your departure.



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