UW-IT created a list of choices for Outlook that -- with an easy click of your mouse -- can apply an approved retention period to your e-mail. Always remember, though, that the retention is comprised of two parts: when you start counting (the cut-off) and the number of years to count before the e-mails can be deleted. If your department is not on UW-IT Outlook, please have your IT administrator contact us to create similar retention policies for your e-mail.
Please be sure that your e-mails have reached their cut-off before choosing a retention. Do note, that even after turning on this timer, no message is automatically deleted. Instead, when the retention ends, the messages go into a "Recover Deleted Items" folder for 14 days before they are purged.
If you receive a Public Records Request, Audit notification, or the records are involved in Litigation, you can click on the relevant e-mails and return them to a folder without automated retention.
Assign a retention policy to an email folder
- In Outlook, right click the folder you would like to assign a retention policy and click Properties
- Click the Policy tab
- Choose the Folder Policy based on the retention period you have determined from an approved records retention schedule
- We suggest: for transitory emails, such as a folder for newsletter or notifications, choose a time frame less than 6 months
Assign a retention policy to email messages
- Right click the email you would like to assign a retention policy and click Assign Policy
- Choose the policy based on the retention period you have determined from an approved records retention schedule
- Note that after applying a policy, you'll see the retention information in your email's header
When using an Outlook Retention Policy, messages that meet retention are moved to a Recover Deleted Items folder for 14 days before they are purged.
Recover Deleted Emails
- Navigate to the folder where you would like the messages to be restored.
- On the Folder tab, click Recover Deleted Items
- Highlight the email(s) you would like to recover and click OK