Note: Effective 12/16/2023, access to the Listserv Management website ( is restricted to the UIC campus network and those connected to the UIC VPN.


What Is It?

A listserv 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 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, and a valid UIC NetID (faculty, staff member or student) is required to create, own, and maintain lists.

Note: Listserv is not HIPAA compliant and must not be used to send or receive protected health information (PHI).

Note: Effective 12/16/2023, access to the Listserv Management website ( is restricted to the UIC campus network and those connected to the UIC VPN.

Please be aware that inactive lists are subject to deletion. Inactive lists include, but are not limited to:

  • Lists that have list archives disabled and no valid subscribers or sub-lists
  • Lists that have list archives enabled but no emails in those archives (meaning they haven't been sent email in the past year)

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Create New Listserv button located on this page.

How Do I Use It?

Learn how to subscribe to a listserv.

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time Automatically provisioned
Incident Resolution Time 2 business days
Service Availability 24 x 7
Maintenance Window(s) N/A
Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices
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