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Subscribe & Post Messages to Electronic Mailing Lists

Starting with summer 2020 classes, class email lists are powered by Google Groups. The process for requesting a new class email list through SPIRE will not change. Log in with your NetID and password at to manage your class lists.
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Subscribe to a List

  1. Go to the list's Info page. See our List Information & List Archives page for instructions.
  2. On the Mailing List Info Page, under Subscribing to ..., enter the required information and click Subscribe. A Subscription results page will open and you will receive information about how your subscription will be processed. This information will vary based on the list's settings.
    Note: If you do not indicate a list password, one will be automatically generated for you. You will need it to change your personal options for the list. If you forget this password, you can have it emailed to you by returning to the list's Info page.

Unsubscribe from a List

  1. Go to the list's Info page. See our List Information & List Archives page for instructions.
  2. At the bottom of the page, under Subscribers, type in your email address.
  3. Click Unsubscribe or Edit Options.
  4. On the Mailing List Membership Configuration page, scroll down to Unsubscribing from listname.
  5. Select the check box next to Yes, I really want to unsubscribe, then click Unsubscribe.

Class Email List Subscriptions

Once enrolled in a course that uses a class email list, students' email addresses will be automatically added to the list. Look for a Welcome message from your instructor.

If you added a course after the end of add/drop, you can use Google Groups to subscribe to a Class Email List.

  • Once enrolled in a course, you will be routinely added to a class email list if the instructor chooses to use this capability. Look for a Welcome message from your instructor.
  • Messages from a class email list will only be sent to your official email address. All students are required to check their official email address regularly for important information related to their courses.

At the end of each semester, Class Email Lists are deleted, along with your subscription to these lists. If you withdraw from a course and no longer wish to receive messages from its email list, use Mailman to unsubscribe (instructions above).

Note: If you drop a course during add/drop, you will be removed from its email list once the list is refreshed (usually at the end of the registration period).

Post Messages to a List

To post a message to a mailing list, send an email to:

Where listname is the name of the list you would like to post to, and organization is the name or abbreviation of your department, school, or student organization.


  • Make sure you include critical information as text in the body of your message. Mailman will save list messages in plain text format, without attachments or HTML components. Email software and/or service providers may remove these and other non-text portions of your messages, for security reasons.
  • Messages cannot exceed 1 MB in size. We recommend that you upload large attachments to Box and link to them in your email. See our Sharing Files Using Secure Online Storage at UMass Amherst for instructions.
  • Before sending messages to a class email list, ask the instructor whether the list is restricted to announcements from the instructor. If it is, you will not be able to post messages to it.