Mailing Perishables to Students
The U.S. Postal Service enforces general rules for sending perishables through the mail. These include:
- Mailable perishable matter may be sent through the mail only if it can reach its destination in good condition in the normal transit time between the mailing and address points.
- Mailable perishable foods that do not rapidly decay or generate obnoxious odors in the mail may be sent at the mailer's risk.
- Any container used to mail perishable matter must be constructed to protect and securely contain the contents.
Campus Mail Services strongly discourages sending perishables (i.e., food) to students by any carrier (UPS, U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, etc). The college is not responsible for perishable items sent to students.
Students are notified when packages arrive for them in Mail Services, but they may delay pick up for days or even weeks.
If it is absolutely necessary to mail a perishable item, please notify the student that the item will be delivered to their campus mailbox address. Most packages do not fit inside student mailboxes, so it is necessary that the student pick up the package at the Mail Services Window during business hours. Packages arriving on a Friday may not be accessible until business hours the following Monday or later if a national holiday falls on that day or during that period.