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Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students


A listserv email list is an email-based list of subscribers, which can be used as a discussion group, a distribution list or a group or campus unit email address.


Common uses of listserv include:

  • Discussion group, in which a message from any of the subscribers is distributed to all subscribers.
  • Distribution list, in which one or more people can post messages to the list.
  • Group email address, in which email from non-subscribers is distributed to a list of subscribers.

The email address of a listserv list is in the format, where listname is the list's name. A list can be configured in many different ways. Some of the configuration options include:

  • list moderation where one or more designated moderators approve messages for distribution
  • automatic filtering of attachments if desired
  • automatic deletion of invalid e-mail addresses
  • posting messages to the list can be limited to subscribers or open to anyone
  • custom banners and automated email templates
  • archives of list messages

In addition, subscribers can customize their subscription on a per-list basis in order to:

  • receive digest or index subscription format
  • receive optional acknowledgment or copy of their message distributed to the list
  • temporarily suspend delivery


Listserv subscription is open to any email address. Listserv lists are created to serve UIC groups. We do require that someone with a valid UIC netid (faculty, staff member or student) be listed as a primary owner for the list, although someone else may be designated to maintain the list.

UIC netID and password are required to create a new listserv list. A listserv password is required to manage lists and subscriptions.


There is no charge for this service.


Phone 312-413-0003


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