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Student Email Guide

All students enrolled at RCC are given a student email address. After registering at RCC you’re issued a student email account. Student email is Google mail and can be accessed via the myRCC single signon. To find out your username and password you will need to review the login directions for the myRCC single signon. When communicating with your faculty and staff at RCC, you are required to use the student email system. Your student email account is your username@email.vccs.edu at the end (ex. kkw2342@email.vccs.edu). For help getting started, please read our RCC Getting Started with Gmail Guide [PDF].

When emailing faculty and staff at RCC, students should always fill in the subject line and provide their name and course information. Students can set up signature lines in the gmail system. Check out our Getting Started with Gmail Guide [PDF]  and for more information on the Gmail system, please visit the Google support site.

If you have problems getting your student email to load properly, please look at the Google Support Site or login to your account.

What is Netiquette?
Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. When you communicate electronically, all you see is a computer screen. You don’t have the opportunity to use facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice to communicate your meaning; just words. For this reason you should follow the common rules of netiquette guidelines below:

  • Be concise and to the point
  • Refrain from abusive or threatening behavior and language.
  • When emailing an instructor concerning your class, put the class# and section # in the subject if you want to be sure your instructor actually reads it. If it’s a forward or no subject, it may be deleted. (Remember instructors often teach more than one course).
  • Avoid sending forwards to your instructors
  • No pornographic sites
  • No profanity allowed
  • Do not type in all upper-case letters-This is perceived by the reader “yelling” or “shouting” at them.
  • Sign your emails with your name. Your email address may or may not contain your name.
  • Do not forward personal e-mail to groups without the original author’s permission.

Emoticons
Here are some of the more popular emoticons. The name comes from a mixture of the words “icons” and “emotions.”

Symbol and What It Means
:-) Smiley face
;-) Wink (light sarcasm)
:-> Devilish grin (heavy sarcasm)
:-| Indifference
8-) Eye-glasses
:-D Shock of surprise
:-( Frown
:-e Disappointment
:-/ Perplexed

How do I forward my mail to another email account automatically
Gmail lets you automatically forward incoming mail to another address, if you’d like. Here’s how to forward messages automatically:

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page, and open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  3. Enter the email address to which you’d like your messages forwarded.
  4. Select the action you’d like your messages to take from the drop-down menu. You can choose to keep Gmail’s copy of the message in your inbox, or you can send it automatically to All Mail or Trash.
  5. Click Save Changes.

For more information, visit the Google Help site.

Google Applications
Along with Google Mail, we have access to a suite of additional applications. Learn how to access and use Google:

  • Calendar
  • Documents (Drive)
  • Sites

Read the Google Apps Getting Started Guide [PDF].

How do I share a Google Doc with another student or my instructor?
Share documents with others and make comments and changes to edit your document in real time. Great for students who do not have Microsoft Word and need to create papers instructors can read. Read our guide on Sharing Google Docs [PDF].

Google Sites and Talk

  • Google Talk allows you to chat inside your email account with other students and contacts.
  • Google Sites allows you to easily and quickly create web sites for projects and class assignments by yourself and collaborating with others.

Check out our Getting Started Guide for Google Sites and Talk.


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