E-mail is a standard business practice, whether communicating with customers or employees of that business. As such, the UBC Department of Psychiatry uses this tool to ensure that Department members receive information we are directed to share with you and/or information of interest to Department members (i.e. events, announcements, etc.)
Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, in part, to combat large volumes of unwanted e-mail (SPAM). It says organizations, including the Department, must provide a way for bulk e-mail recipients to unsubscribe, unless the e-mail message is solely related to the core activities of the organization. In most cases, e-mail to students and employees, would be considered part of the core activities of the University. Promoting the purchase of a product (e.g. t-shirts) would not generally be considered a core activity.
If you use e-mail lists, please make sure that you comply with CASL. University Counsel has published explanatory information about how CASL affects the University and you as a member of the University.
Many active UBC e-mail lists are currently being migrated from MajorDomo to LISTSERVE e-mail list software. UBC IT has configured the LISTSERVE default, to show an “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom of each list message and to send a welcome e-mail with information about unsubscribing. This information can be removed or modified, if your email list content is exempt from CASL. Psychiatry IT can assist you with removing this if appropriate.
Computer System Coordinator | Medicine | Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Pt. Grey Campus
Phone 604 822 7374