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Overview: Listserv software enables e-mail users to create and maintain large e-mail lists. Announcements, newsletters, moderated and open discussion groups are supported. List sizes can range from a few participants in a discussion group to several hundred or even thousands. Your lists can be maintained and used by one or more people.

These lists can be used for one-way or two-way communication among the members of the lists depending on how the list is configured. 

  • Examples of one-way communication include the distribution of announcements and newsletters. 
  • Examples of two-way communication include moderated and un-moderated discussion groups. The number of members in a list can range from a few participants in a discussion group to several hundred or even thousands.

Requesting a listserv: Listservs can be requested by any JMU sponsored or affiliated group, or by individuals who are conducting JMU-related academic or business functions.  JMU student employees and student organizations must have a sponsoring staff or affiliate request a listserv on their behalf.

  • Complete the online Listserv Application form.
  • Once the form is complete, submit the request. If there are questions about your request, you will be contacted within two business days.
  • Once your list is created, you will receive an e-mail confirming its creation with additional details about your list.

Request Listserv Training:  JMU requires listserv training for owners and moderators before access to a new listserv is given. If you own or moderate existing listservs and are requesting a new listserv, training is still required if you have not already attended.

Employees may request Listserv training through MyMadison from IT Training (see IT Training Course Numbers). 

Managing and using a listserv:  You can manage your listserv and find other useful information at https://listserv.jmu.edu. To learn more about ListServ at JMU, view the 15-minute eLearning, IT561 LISTSERV Management.