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All mail sent to an @wustl.edu address is routed through the University Ironport mail gateways. The Ironports scan incoming mail to identify SPAM messages. Certain types of messages are automatically blocked, but others are allowed in.

Messages that are allowed in are tagged in the subject line so that these messages can be identified and then acted upon using local rules.

Messages are tagged with either "*WU-SPAM* [positive]" or "*WU-SPAM* [suspect]" depending on how certain the Ironports whether these messages are SPAM or not.  If you want to filter these messages, you can add rules to your email software. We provide instructions below for Outlook 2013 and OWA.

Outlook 2013

Delete all mail tagged "*WU-SPAM* [positive]"

  1. From the Home tab, select Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts
  2. Click New Rule
  3. Select "Move messages with specific words in the subject to a folder" and click Next
  4. Under Step 2, click "specific words"
  5. In the Search Text box, copy and paste the following text, then click Add to add it to the Search List: *WU-SPAM* [positive]
  6. Click OK
  7. Click Next
  8. Uncheck the option "move it to the specified folder"
  9. Check the option "delete it"
  10. Click Finish
  11. Click OK

Move all mail tagged "*WU-SPAM* [suspect]" to Junk Mail

  1. From the Home tab, select Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts
  2. Click New Rule
  3. Select "Move messages with specific words in the subject to a folder" and click Next
  4. Under Step 2, click "specific words"
  5. In the Search Text box, copy and paste the following text, then click Add to add it to the Search List: *WU-SPAM* [suspect]
  6. Click OK
  7. Click Next
  8. Under Step 2, click "specified"
  9. Select the "Junk E-mail folder" and click OK
  10. Click Finish
  11. Click OK

Outlook Web App (OWA)

Delete all mail tagged "*WU-SPAM* [positive]"

  1. Click Settings > Options. Settings is the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  2. Click "Organize E-mail"
  3. Click the + icon and select "Delete messages with specific words in the subject" and click Next
  4. Click "Enter words..."
  5. In the text box, copy and paste the following text, then click the + icon to add it to the Search List: *WU-SPAM* [positive]
  6. Click OK
  7. Click "Save"
  8. You may see a warning that editing rules in OWA will delete any disabled rules you created with Oulook. If you see this warning, check the box for "Don't show me this message again" and click OK

Move all mail tagged "*WU-SPAM* [suspect]" to Junk Mail

  1. Click Settings > Options. Settings is the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  2. Click "Organize E-mail"
  3. Click the + icon and select "Move messages with specific words in the subject to a folder" and click Next
  4. Click "Enter words..."
  5. In the text box, copy and paste the following text, then click the + icon to add it to the Search List: *WU-SPAM* [suspect]
  6. Click OK
  7. Click "Select one..."
  8. Select the "Junk Email" folder and click "OK"
  9. Click "Save"
  10. You may see a warning that editing rules in OWA will delete any disabled rules you created with Outlook. If you see this warning, check the box for "Don't show me this message again" and click OK