Message Center Terms of Service

IRIS provides electronic mailing lists (message center topics, email lists) to use for discussion, disseminating information (internally or externally), or to act as a contact address for external people to contact the list subscribers. Email list owners and subscribers should keep in mind the following specific points:

  • Email lists may be locked or closed, have their names or other configurations modified, etc. by IRIS staff without the consent of a particular list owner if resource usage, verifiable complaints, and/or business needs require it.
  • All email lists must be owned or co-owned by an IRIS member. Any list that fails to have an identifiable owner may be locked or closed without notice.
  • In order to ensure that email lists are closed when they are no longer needed, list owners will be asked to re-certify their lists on an annual basis. If a list is not re-certified, it may be closed without further notice.
  • Spam mailings and/or commercial use of an email list are potential grounds for removal from any and all email lists provided by IRIS, including list ownership, and may also be grounds for disciplinary action. Note that, for this purpose, “commercial use” includes non-profit entities which have no connection with the IRIS; for example, mailing lists for your church or your housing co-op’s board are not permitted on an IRIS-sponsored email list service.
  • Email lists which are closed due to owner request, lack of an eligible owner, violation of Terms of Use, or other reasons will be archived for three months, then permanently purged from the system. When a list is purged, all archives, subscriber lists, and settings will be unrecoverably deleted, unless IRIS has been given reason to believe the archives must be preserved for legal, research, or archival purposes.
  • Members of an email list are responsible for the content of any message they send to that list, and list owners are responsible for moderating lists for inappropriate messages and for determining whether a list’s archives are publicly accessible. IRIS will not edit, remove, or change the privacy settings for the archives of an active email list except in response to a violation of Terms of Use or if culling archives is necessary for system performance or compliance with data security requirements.
  • All email lists must be requested using a standard web submission form. Requests are reviewed by IRIS systems staff, who may recommend other technology that would better serve the purpose of the request. Other considerations which determine whether a list request will be granted include (but are not limited to):
    • Whether the list serves to further IRIS’s education and research mission
    • Capacity of available resources, including how the size or usage of the proposed list will affect IRIS email systems
  • List owners are responsible for the proper management of their list, and may have their list ownership revoked they do not manage their lists appropriately. Responsibilities of list owners include (but are not limited to):
    • Responding to subscription and unsubscription requests
    • Assisting subscribers with subscription and unsubscription, as well as other subscriber-specific settings
    • Ensuring that their list has appropriate configurations for the purpose of that list, including whether or not it is moderated, advertised, etc.
    • Making subscribers aware if the list is advertised and/or if the archives are accessible to the Internet at large
    • Maintaining the list of subscribers and removing addresses which are no longer functional or belong to people who should no longer be on the list
    • Responding promptly to errors related to their list (e.g. delivery and remove errors)
    • Acting as appropriate to deal with off-topic list postings, abusive behavior, and/or abuse of the email list service by their subscribers
    • Transitioning list ownership to another individual if and when appropriate
  • IRIS maintains backups of the list server for disaster recovery only. IRIS cannot recover settings, subscriber lists, or archives for an individual list.

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