UTS Policies: Bulk Electronic Mailings
UTS receives requests from time to time to provide electronic mailing lists for distributing electronic mail messages to all or part of the DU community. UTS does not provide bulk mail lists for all network accounts at the university or for selected large segments of the population, such as all students, all staff or all faculty.
Why we don't provide for bulk mailing
There are several reasons, technical and non-technical for not providing bulk mailing lists.
- The majority of regular e-mail users would prefer not to receive unsolicited mailings due to the volume of mail they already receive.
- There are more efficient and less intrusive methods for delivering information to a wide audience (see below.)
- All e-mail addressed to du.edu or denver.du.edu addresses, even though it may be read on the desktop with Outlook or a similar program, is delivered to and processed on our central computers. Mail quotas (the amount of mail that can accumulate before incoming mail ceases to be delivered) are strictly enforced. Unsolicited mail can easily cause quota problems.
- Improper or unauthorized use of bulk mailing lists can result in or contribute to "spamming" problems. (Spamming is the sending of large amounts of unsolicited e-mail.)
Suggestions for distributing information to wide audiences:
UTS provides a number of ways for you to publish information to a wide audience through electronic means.
- Electronic Mailing Lists. These lists are intended for groups such as all the faculty in a department, members of a committee, members of a discussion group related to a specific topic or similar groups. Mailing lists have a number of options, including allowing list members or potential members to subscribe or unsubscribe themselves.
- DU webCentral Announcements. Students, faculty and staff will find two announcement boxes on the home tab in webCentral -- one titled "Campus Announcements" which is visible to all users, and one titled "Personal Announcements" which targets specific groups of users. You'll find a request form linked at the bottom of the home tab for submitting your event or news worthy information.
- Campus Calendars. Calendars are maintained by a number of departments and are a very convenient way to provide information about events. Select any Campus Calendars link from the DU Home Page or standard navigation bar. On most DU calendars, you will find a link for to request an event.
- Web Pages. Create a Web page for your information or event then request links to the page from other pertinent pages on the DU site. Please be advised that most pages are maintained within the various academic or business units of the university. Contact the unit directly to request a link.
On rare occasions, email may be the best mechanism to distribute information to large segments of the University community. Please refer to the Bulk Email section of Acceptable Use Policy for Computer and Network Systems.