Office 365, Exchange Online Protection, Recipient Limits
Depending on your affiliation with the University, you will fall into one of the four policy groups designed to protect your exchange mailbox.
How do I know I've been blocked?
When someone has exceeded their sending recipient limit, they will get a system generated message. The messages will contain the following error code:
How many emails can I send per day/hour?
Based on your affiliation and if you are challenged for 2-factor authentication, you will have different limits.
|Type of Email Account||Challenged in Duo 2FA (MFA)?||Allowable number of Recipients|
|Employee||Yes||10,000 email recipients a day and up to 1,000 an hour|
|Resource Accounts||Not Applicable||1,000 email recipients a day and up to 500 an hour|
|Undergrad/Graduate Student, Retiree, Affiliate||Yes||1,000 email recipients a day and up to 500 an hour|
|Undergrad/Graduate Student, Retiree, Affiliate||No||200 email recipients a day and up to 100 an hour|
How do I get unblocked?
Unfortunately there is not an override for these types of blocks as they come from Microsoft. Your daily count will reset at 7pm each day, so you will need to wait until this time to send emails again.
How do I avoid getting blocked again?
If you do not have MFA enabled, you can enroll by selecting the option that works for your situation.
- Use a bulk email service like Email+ part of the Public Affairs Webtools or University Housing's StarRez Portal. For information on these and other options, please see: Email, Guidelines and best practices for sending bulk mail
- If you are an undergraduate who is enrolled in Duo but not challenged for MFA on Office 365, but have a business need to send above the lowest limit; you will need to fill out an exception request by following the link https://go.illinois.edu/email-rate-exception.