Policy on Sending Campus-wide Electronic Mail (V.A.1)

Volume V: Governance
Chapter A: Communications
Issuing Office: University Relations
Responsible Officer: Vice President of University Relations
Responsible Office: University Relations
Originally Issued: July 12, 2007
Most Recently Revised: November 18, 2011


Reason for Policy
Statement of Policy
Who Should Know This Policy
Related Documents


E-mail is an efficient and accepted means of communicating information to/among employees of Purdue University. University Relations, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and Human Resource Services have developed a method for a single daily distribution of information via e-mail to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff at the University. This method is designed to ensure quality, consistency, and accuracy of message and to limit the number of e-mails sent to faculty and staff from areas internal to the University. All communications distributed in this way will also be archived and accessible through a Web site.


This e-mail policy for faculty and staff at Purdue University requires that all messages applicable to and designed for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff utilize this daily distribution. The daily e-mail will be called Purdue Today and will be the official University electronic communication vehicle for information to be provided to all faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are expected to read the daily e-mail called Purdue Today. This policy does not apply to e-mail sent within colleges, departments, areas, or offices. Note: Daily distribution is expected during the academic year. Weekly or biweekly distribution will be the norm during academic breaks.

Goals of policy:

  • To provide timely day-to-day information to faculty and staff regarding University-wide issues.
  • To coordinate communication intended for all faculty and staff so as to eliminate unnecessary internal e-mail in faculty and staff mailboxes.
  • To differentiate communication intended for all faculty and staff from news specific to administrators with management responsibilities. E-list 39 will remain in use but should be limited to news that is applicable to or proprietary for those administrators.


  • President
  • Provost
  • Chancellors
  • Vice Presidents
  • Deans
  • Directors/Department Heads/Chairs
  • Principal Investigators
  • Faculty
  • Business Office Staff
  • Administrative and Professional Staff
  • Clerical and Service Staff
  • All Employees
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students


Vice President for University Relations
Joseph L. Bennett
(765) 494-2082
(765) 463-1731 (home)

Director of University News Service
Jeanne V. Norberg
(765) 494-2084
(765) 449-4986 (home)

Director of University Periodicals
Julie Rosa
(765) 494-2036
(765) 296-4148 (home)


This policy does not apply to e-mail sent within colleges, departments, areas, or offices and does not preclude other formal communications to subsets of faculty and staff or to individual faculty or staff members.


The vice president for University Relations or his designee will be responsible for accepting and approving all communication to be sent to all faculty and staff.

Prior to submission, items must be approved by the responsible administrator before consideration for publication in e-mail news, on Web sites, or in printed newspaper (Inside Purdue).

Proposals for communication items may be submitted electronically via e-mail (preferred method) to purduetoday@purdue.edu or by campus mail to Purdue Today, University Periodicals, Engineering Administration Building, Room 417. Submitted items are subject to editing.

If the information to be shared is of interest to the general public as well as the campus audience, it should be submitted to the Purdue News Service representative for the specific area. A list can be found at www.purdue.edu/newsroom/contact.html.

E-communication will be sent no more frequently than once daily except in cases of emergency (to be determined by VPUR or designee).

E-mail address list will be updated at least weekly by ITaP and provided to University Relations for use in distribution.


Policy on University e-mail: Electronic Mail (VII.A.1)


November 18, 2011: Policy number changed to V.A.1 (formerly V.3.2).

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