Google Group FAQ

Google Groups are a part of the Google Workplace suite of applications. Google Groups allow you to communicate with a large group of people more efficiently than typing many email addresses into an email message.

User Managed Google Groups

Standard Google Groups are commonly configured as one of the following:

  • Course Groups - group for the faculty member and all the students enrolled in a specific course
  • Discussion Groups - group configured so that all the members can post messages and respond to messages
  • Email Alias Groups - group with an email address that can be shared with the campus or the world. Messages sent to the address are delivered to a small group of people.
  • Distribution List - group that allows a small group of people to distribute messages to a larger group. The recipients cannot respond to the whole group, only to the sender.

If you want to request one or more User Managed Google Groups, go to Google Group Request Form and complete the form for each group. Library & IT will create the group and make you the list owner. You can then add or remove members and change the settings. 


  • Groups requested through this form will take about 1 business day to set up.
  • Library & IT can help you change the settings or if you accidentally unsubscribe yourself from the group.

Centrally Managed Google Groups

Library & IT can also create Google Groups that dynamically sync with a known data source. For example, LIT can use all the majors in a department who are part of the class of 2026 to automatically populate a Google Group. If you want to request Google Groups like this, please use the regular ticket request form at Submit a Tech Ticket. By default, these groups will be created as distribution lists, meaning you can send announcements to all the students, but the recipients can’t post to the whole group.

When a student separates from the university or changes majors, they will be automatically removed from the group. If the major gains a new student, they will be automatically added. If the student changes graduation year, they’ll be moved to the appropriate group. 

When the department chair or another authorized user changes, just let L&IT know via Submit a Tech Ticket and we’ll make the change.


  • These groups take longer for LIT to set up, especially at the start of the semester. Please don't wait until classes start to request your groups.
  • LIT won’t automatically make new groups for future class years, so plan to ask for the 2027 groups next summer.
  • When all the students from 2023 graduate, the group will be deleted, unless there is a specific request to keep it.
  • Include the major department code in your request.
  • Include a list of authorized senders in your request.

Here’s what a request might look like:

Hi Tech Desk!

Please create Google Groups for all the students in my department:

abcd-2023 (all majors in dept abcd who are members of the class of 2023)




abcd-all (all majors in dept abcd)

The department chair, Joe Schmoe (js1000@) and I should have permission to post to all these groups.


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