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There are various types of mailing lists available. Review the general descriptions below to determine the list that best fits your needs.

Additional information can be found on the links on the menu. If you have further questions, you can contact the IT Support Center by logging a ticket in ihelp or calling 724-357-4000.

Public Distribution List

A Public Distribution List is a mailing list that anyone can e-mail.   The e-mail is distributed to the e-mail addresses that are subscribed to the list. Generally this type of list is used for special functions where only a few people need to see the email.

The list owner manages the subscription of the list.

Full Featured Mailing List

A Full Featured Mailing List is a mailing list to be used when communication is needed for a larger group. E-mail is sent to the list and is distributed to each member that is subscribed to the list. The list owner can also manage the subscription of the list.

There are two variations of this type of list:

  • Open Mailing List - Anyone can subscribe and anyone can post.
  • Restricted Mailing List - Only subscribers can send/receive messages and view the message archives.

Role-Based E-mail Address (RBEA)

A Role-Based E-mail address is an address through which e-mail can be centrally stored and reviewed.  Access is granted by security setup within the owner account. E-mail is reviewed and sent via a 'folder' configured within imail. This 'folder' can also be accessed by the Thunderbird e-mail client.

Quick Links

Listserv Login Page - log into owner account of Public Distribution or Full Featured Mailing list

Mailing List Archives - log into Full Featured Mailing List Archive

How to Create a Course Section E-mail List
How to setup a Course Section E-mail List, which enables instructors to send messages to all of the students in a particular section with one e-mail address.

Last modified on 8/22/2016 12:56:32 PM