U.S. Mail Myths & Facts
MYTH -- The U.S. Postal Service delivers my US mail.
FACT -- Yale Mail Service delivers both campus mail and U.S. mail to Yale buildings. With only 2-3 exceptions, the U.S. Postal Service does not deliver to any Yale buildings.
MYTH -- If I address mail to my street address, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver my mail.
FACT -- If the street address is used instead of your P.O. Box number, Yale Mail Service is still going to deliver your mail. Your mail will be delayed due to the hand-sorting required both by the U.S. Postal Service and Campus Mail.
MYTH -- Street addressed mail arrives quicker than mail using the box number.
FACT -- Your mail will take longer to reach you as it will have to be hand sorted by both the U.S. Postal Service and again at Yale Mail Service. This hand sorting could add several days to your delivery time. If your box number is used instead of the street address, the Postal Service sorting machines are able to sort directly into your mail bag and the following morning your mail bag is received and delivered to your building by Yale Mail Service.
MYTH -- If I don't respond to junk mail, it will stop coming. I should just throw the junk mail away.
FACT -- If the company doesn't know what you want, they will continue to send it forever. Use the Junk Mail Program to stop unwanted mail. Suggestion: Just keep a white mail bucket in your office with a sign "Junk Mail" on it. When the bucket is full, tape the "Junk Mail" sign securely over the top of the bucket to keep all mail inside, and put it with your outgoing campus mail.
To receive your U.S. mail without delay,
use your post office box number and correct Zip Code!