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Changes to alumni and retiree email benefits starting on November 18, 2022.  

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making changes to alumni and staff retiree email services and will discontinue offering email accounts to these groups. 

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will contact current staff retirees and alumni affected by this change; however, all faculty, staff, and students should be aware of these changes as they work with those in these roles and transition into these roles. 

Staff Retirees 

The University will discontinue its NetID and email services for staff retirees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including the Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute, UT System Administration, and Institute of Public Service. Visit the OIT website for additional information.  

Starting November 18, 2022, new staff retirees will retain their UT email account for 30 days after leaving the University before the account is closed. Information about your account access after leaving UT is available online at

Retirees with post-retirement appointments in IRIS will retain the use of their UT email and NetID while their position is active.  

Existing staff retirees with an active UT email account will have until October 31, 2023, to transition any personal services to a personal email account. Departments can sponsor accounts for retirees who continue to serve the University. The department must renew these sponsored accounts annually. 

Emeritus/Faculty Retirees 

Individuals granted emeritus status or who retired as faculty with at least ten years of service will be allowed to retain their UT email account. They will be required to adopt the recent change to multi-factor authentication.  


The University will discontinue its alumni email service as of October 31, 2023. Alumni will have until this time to transition personal services to a personal email account. Visit the OIT website for additional information.  

Why the University Made these Changes 

These changes help to mitigate risk for the entire university community. Compromised email accounts have already been used to scam others, and this is a proactive step to protect students and staff members from malicious activity. 

Current students and staff members are held accountable to university and vendor policies, including those that protect our technology resources. In an era of unprecedented malicious activity via email and other digital communication, our goal is to minimize risk.