What is an appropriate level of email communication from a university?
February 4, 2014 9:23 AM Subscribe
I might be getting a bit curmudgeonly in my graduate student years, but I'm starting to get annoyed at how many mass emails I get from my university. What should I be expecting here, and should I do anything about it?
posted by saeculorum to Technology (15 answers total)
To give a bit more background, I am a graduate student, am not particularly active in anything on-campus, and have never opted into any communication. I've regularly receive emails from the departments around the campus, including distinctly non-academic departments (the school's transportation department, academic department, bookstore, and recreation center) . Worse, several of the departments copy emails from other departments and then send reminder emails - recently I counted receiving the same email six times. My total email volume is usually 4-6 emails per day, of which perhaps one a week is relevant to me (and comes from my actual program). I've tried contacting the University's IT about email spam, but their responses have been less than helpful.
Best I can tell from researching the school's policy, there's no University prohibition on spamming students with unsolicited email. Is this in line with other Universities or am I just getting upset over nothing?