Google Group

A Google Group contains the email addresses of its members and allows you to send a message to all the group's members using the single address for the group. Members can be added to the group by the designated account manager(s).  The Google Group will be created following naming standards for your department or school. A Google group can be used for:

  • A mailing or distribution list
  • An open forum
  • Drive access permission list

There are two types of Google Groups user roles: members and managers. Members subscribe to groups and participate in group discussions. Managers request new groups and manage group members, discussions, and other settings.

Google Groups are different than Contact groups created in your personal Contacts.  Learn how to create a Contact group.

Request a Google Group

A Google Group will only be created for authorized university-related purposes. A department name, contact person, contact phone number, and justification for the account must be included in order for the account request to be processed.

Create a support ticket for the Google Group:

    1. Select "New IT Support Ticket"
    2. In the search box, type "Google Group" and click the magnifying glass icon.
    3. Select "Request/Change/Remove"
    4. In the "Description" text box, enter a suggested name and purpose for your Google Group.
    5. If you have a list of members for this group, please attach a spreadsheet to the support request by selecting "Attach" then "Attach file", or you can share the Google Sheet or email the spreadsheet to
    6. In the "Special Instructions" box, click the link to complete the Google Form.

Join a Google Group

Send an email to with a subject line of Subscribe and include only the email address of the Google Group in the body of the email. 

Note that the group's settings has to allow either VCU accounts or anyone to join freely. In this method, VCUHS email addresses count as VCU accounts.

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