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Personal Mail and Holiday Packages

We all enjoy the excitement of the holidays and the gift giving that goes along with it.  Before we start placing orders and waiting for all of the packages to arrive, let's take a moment to consider how they should be addressed. 

Yale's Policy & Procedures states:

504.3 Personal Mail and Packages

The University is not responsible for loss or damage to personal packages or mail addressed to any of its employees at a Yale facility. In order to avoid a possible financial loss, it is strongly recommended that such items be mailed or shipped to the employee's home or to a friend or relative.

504.4 Use of Campus Mail

Employees may not use the Campus Mail services for personal mail or mail of non-Yale organizations. This service is staffed to handle only official University correspondence; its use for other purposes slows down delivery of official mail. While the staff of Campus Mail do not ordinarily inspect individual letters and packages for conformance to this policy, they are required to call to the attention of proper authorities any apparent violations.

Student Packages - According to the Student Handbook: In order to receive mail on campus, all students are required by postal regulations to have a post office box. If you absolutely must have a personal package sent to you at Yale, first obtain the approval first of your supervisor, then be certain you use your post office box address.  Do not send packages through US mail to a street address.  Using a street address will slow delivery of your mail and may even cause misdelivery or your package being returned to sender.

Mail your packages on time!  Christmas mailing dates are shown on the US Postal Service web site http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/localnews/la/la_2007_1105.htm

Mail volume always increases around the holidays.  Don't let your package slow delivery for others.