Wouldn't have happened in my day
My first uni (Warwick 98), in order to get access to your email, first you rebooted the Windows PC in the lab to a DOS terminal emulator, which then allowed you to log in to one of the servers and run pine.
This wasn't just CompSci students - everyone had to get email like this. Very weird seeing all these 'regular' people tapping away in consoles, and suddenly being slightly in demand as the guy who can get your email back working again by typing "pine" in the shell after they quit accidentally.
If only people today would reward me for fixing IT issues with alcohol and vague promises of sexual encounters. Actually, considering the people I work with now, I'd be OK with just the alcohol.