Policies & Procedures


Section 1


Electronic Communications

Sec. 800-20: ZotMail Guidelines

Responsible Office: Office of Information Technology
May 2018

References / Resources

Contact: Office of Information Technology at (949) 824-2222 or oit@uci.edu

A. Purpose and Scope

ZotMail is a web-based messaging system used to transmit authorized official business messages to selected groups of employees and affiliates on the UCI campus, to School of Medicine employees located at UCI Medical Center, to UCI Medical Center employees, and, in emergency or important business situations, to UCI students. Official business messages include official University and campus business memos, publications, announcements, and newsletters.

ZotMail enables authorized administrators, including staff in the offices of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, and Deans to send messages to desired groups of employees and affiliates using a password-protected interface.

B. Responsibilities and Authorities

  1. OIT is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ZotMail system. For assistance contact OIT at (949) 824-2222 or oit@uci.edu. UCI also has the UCI Mailing Lists Mailman system and the Student Electronic Broadcast System, both of which are managed by the Office of Information Technology.
  2. The Chancellor, the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and some other officials have the ability to use the ZotMail system to reach the entire UCI community as part of the emergency communication plan and to transmit mandatory official business messages.
  3. Employees and affiliates included in the ZotMail system are able to use their their UCInet ID and password on a web interface to manage their subscriptions.

C. Zotmail Recipient Lists

New faculty and staff (career, limited, contract) employees are added to ZotMail recipient lists when their records are activated in the payroll system as soon as they have a valid email address. They are automatically included on all recipient lists. Messages deemed mandatory will be sent regardless of subscription settings.

D. ZotMail Use Guidelines

  1. General

    Senders should respect recipients by using the most directly related mailing list to avoid unnecessary network traffic and unwanted messages.

  2. When Messages May Be Sent

    Messages created and approved by authorized senders before 5:59 p.m. are sent after 6:00 p.m. the same day. Some authorized senders have the ability to send messages during the day.

  3. Announcing Campus Events and Activities
    1. Strategic Communications maintains the UCI Today website. This is the preferred vehicle for communicating announcements of activities and events. To contribute items, please visit http://today.uci.edu/event/create.
    2. Sending duplicate or reminder messages is not allowed unless the second message is to correct information contained in the first message.
    3. Messages sent on behalf of registered student organizations must have written approval from the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs.
  4. Content Restrictions

    Electronic messages must adhere to all University policies. No materials delivered through the ZotMail system shall:

    1. advocate an individual's or organization's political or religious position;
    2. imply University or campus endorsement, support, or opposition to a political, religious, or civic issue, or any non-University products, service, organization, or activity that has not been appropriately authorized by the Chancellor or designee (a copy of the authorization shall be sent to the ZotMail Communications Coordinator); or
    3. be of a commercial nature that solicits, or would provide, personal and/or financial profit to a University employee or to a profit-making organization.

E. ZotMail Assistance

The ZotMail Communications Coordinator provides training and support to individuals authorized to send ZotMail from owner accounts.

For assistance and general ZotMail support, call (949) 824-2222 or email oit@uci.edu.