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How do I set up an away/vacation message?

Go to your Mail Settings:

Click on the gear icon 

Select mail settings from the drop-down menu.
In the General Settings menu, scroll down to Vacation responder.

-Enter in the Subject and Message that you would like your away message to have.  If you do not set a subject, it will default to the subjects of the messages you receive.

-Set the dates that you would like the Vacation Responder to be on for.  An end date is not required.

-If you want to limit who receives the away message, check Only send a response to people in my Contacts or Only send a response to people at Bates College.

-Click on Save Changes.

You can set an end date when you set up the away message.  If you do not set an end date, the next time you log into your Bates Gmail account, you will see a Vacation Settings banner at the top of the page.  Click on End Now to turn off the away message.