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Google Groups replacing Sympa for new email lists

Submitted by stauffeg on Tue, 09/27/2022 - 7:51 AM

Starting Thursday, September 29, requests for new email lists will be fulfilled by Google Workspace Groups and Sympa lists will no longer be used to fulfill new list requests. Although plans are being made to eventually retire the Sympa Email List Manager service and migrate lists to Google Groups, the September 29 change will not affect the use and management of Sympa lists.

Due to the integration with Google Workspace apps, Google Groups offer functionality that Sympa cannot including:

  • Set security permissions for Google resources, including Google Drive, Docs, Calendars, and Sites
  • Use to invite groups to calendar events
  • Manage Google folders, documents and resource permissions

Even if you just use Google Groups for email list management, Google Groups has the following advantages over Sympa: 

  • More user-friendly and simple-to-use interface
  • Virtually unlimited membership quota
  • Web-based management of lists without VPN or campus network access (this has been blocked for Sympa due to security concerns)

If you have questions about this change or email list management in general, please contact the IT Service Center at or 303-735-4357.