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Class Mailing List Overview

Classlist Names

A Classlist's mailing address is based on the course number, section number, the last two digits of the calendar year and a one-character designation for the semester: "A" for Spring, "B" for Summer and "C" for Fall.

For example, the course COMM225001, taught in the Fall semester of 2015 represents:

Course: COMM 225
Section: 001
Year: 15
Semester: C

And is assigned the list name of comm225-001-15c. The Classlist host is lists.upenn.edu

To send mail to all members of this class, address your email message and send it to comm225-001-15c@lists.upenn.edu.

Classlist Owners

The course Instructor of the class is assigned as the list owner for each Classlist. Each school has assigned Classlist administrators who can assist Insructors with managing their Classlist.

It is the listowner's responsibility to handle problems with the list membership. Please see our Classlist FAQ for common problems and questions about the Classlist service.

Since the Classlist service is an email based service, we do not create a Classlist unless the course Instructor has an email address registered in the Penn Directory database. Please use the Faculty/Staff Directory Update Form to update your Directory listing, if necessary.

Classlist Membership

ISC rebuilds every Classlist each morning, Tuesday through Saturday, following an update to the Data Warehouse database, from which we extract the data of classes and their student enrollment. The course Instructor and all students enrolled in the course are automatically subscribed to the list by the Classlist process. As list members, they will receive all messages that are mailed to the list. Since the Classlist service is an email based service, we do not subscribe students who do not have an email address registered in the Penn Directory database.

The course Instructor or the school's Classlist administrator can add members who are not enrolled in the class through the Classlist Request Menu.

Classlist Mailing Profiles

Classlists all share some common features.
  1. Subscriber lists are private and only the course Instructor and Classlist administrators can review the list of subscribed students.
  2. Messages sent to the list are archived in monthly logs that are available to all members of the list for the duration of the semester and can be accessed by the course Instructor for one month after the semester ends.
Each school has determined the following default properties for all Classlists in their school.
List Type Characteristics
List Profile 2
Design
SP2
1. Only the faculty instructor can send mail to the list. Lists must be activated through the Classlist Request Menu to allow all students enrolled in the class to send mail to the list. More information on activating a classlist is available.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are sent to the entire list.
3. The sender of a message to the list does not receive a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message receives an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
List Profile 2
SAS
SEAS
1. Only the faculty instructor can send mail to the list. Lists must be activated through the Classlist Request Menu to allow all students enrolled in the class to send mail to the list. More information on activating a classlist is available.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are sent to the entire list.
3. The sender of a message to the list also receives a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message does not receive an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
List Profile 3
GSE
Nursing
1. The faculty owner and all students enrolled in the class can send mail to the list.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are sent to the entire list.
3. The sender of a message to the list does not receive a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message receives an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
List Profile 4
Wharton
Veterinary Medicine
1. The faculty owner and all students enrolled in the class can send mail to the list.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are sent to the entire list.
3. The sender of a message to the list also receives a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message does not receive an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
List Profile 5
SAS-English
1. Anyone can send mail to the list.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are only sent to the sender.
3. The sender of a message to the list also receives a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message does not receive an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
List Profile 6
Law School
1. Only the faculty instructor can send mail to the list. Lists must be activated through the Classlist Request Menu to allow all students enrolled in the class to send mail to the list. More information on activating a classlist is available.
2. All replies to messages sent by any list member are only sent to the sender.
3. The sender of a message to the list also receives a copy of the message.
4. The sender of a message does not receive an acknowledgement message from LISTSERV.
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