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. 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.

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

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

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 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) N/A
Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices
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