Learn about BCPost, BC's mailing list service (aka a listserv), and Campus Groups, which can enable filesharing via web-based collaboration. For support with existing group email accounts, contact the BC Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357).

Collaborative Email Options

There are two collaborative email options:

  • Collaborative Inbox (in Google Groups)
  • Shared Mailbox Account (aka group account)

To determine which option is best for your group, please discuss with your TC or the Help Center.

You can create a Google Group and use it as a collaborative inbox. The collaborative inbox gives you many useful features, such as assigning incoming messages to group members, tracking status, and categorizing posts so they're easy to find later. 

Learn how to make your Google Group into a Collaborative Inbox.

BCPost (Listservs) & Campus Groups

BCPost (Listservs)

BCPost is Boston College's mailing list service, which is managed by Sympa mailing list software. A mailing list, also known as a listserv, is an email-based discussion group that allows members to send an email message to a group of people using a single address. When you post (send) an email to a listserv, your email is sent to all of the other people on that listserv. A listserv can be restricted, which means that only people approved by the list owner can join the list. A listserv can also be monitored, which means that all posts to the list must be approved by the list owner before being posted to the entire list. 

Note: BCPost allows you to create groups that include both BC and non-BC email addresses.

BC Post Support

Campus Groups

Campus Groups can be used to define a group of people that is available for emailing and for access control. Access control can include filesharing via web-based collaboration and website security. If you are a student or instructor, Campus Groups auto-generates Course and Advisee Address Groups for you. You can share groups you create with other BC community members. Campus Groups is updated automatically and contains the most up-to-date student, faculty, and staff information.

Campus Groups are a good option if you need to use the group for functions other than just email. However, Campus Groups do not have all the functionality of listservs, e.g. postings cannot be restricted and/or moderated.

Note: Campus Groups can only include BC addresses. If you want to create a group that includes non-BC email addresses, create a listserv mailing list.


BCPost (Listervs) FAQ


Campus Groups FAQ


Sending a Campus-Wide Email

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a service that allows designated departmental representatives to send bulk (mass) email messages to pre-defined BC groups.

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