Three CSU listservs have been set up in order to facilitate discussion and information sharing for:

  1. CSU Financial Standards Committee
  2. Budget & Finance Payables
  3. Students Accounts Receivable

CSU Financial Standards Committee

  • Use a plain email form and type the following in the body only:
    subscribe financial-standards First Name Last Name

Budget & Finance Payables

  • Use a plain email form and type the following in the body only:
    subscribe payables First Name Last Name

Students Accounts Receivable

  • Use a plain email form and type the following in the body only:
    subscribe sar First Name Last Name

For those needing a little background on listservers, listserver technology can best be considered an extension of electronic mail. Where as e-mail is one-to-one communication, listservers allow one-to-many communication. Simply put, mail sent to a list sends an electronic message to many persons instead of just one.

Listservers are used for discussion and information sharing. Typically a person faces a problem that needs solving or has a question that needs an answer. The problem or question is sent to the list (i.e., to ten's or hundred's of individuals who have expressed an interest in the subject of the list). Recipients of the message who can give advice or answers will respond back to the user who sent the message or to the list. If the answer is sent back to the list, the response is recirculated for potentially more replies and responses.

The following are the instructions in order to subscribe to each of the listservers that have been set up. The only difference in subscribing to each of the listservers is the word following the subscribe command. Once subscribed, you are on a list with other subscribers that is used by the listserver to distribute mail. The best way to think of this list is as an "electronic mailing list." When mail is sent to the listserver, it is automatically forwarded to all subscribers on the list.

Subscribing to a List
When subscribing, use a plain e-mail form. Some of us have e-mail forms with fancy headings that will be rejected during the subscription process.

To SUBSCRIBE, send a message to (no topic) with the following contents:

subscribe financial-standards, tax, payables, or sar your First name your Last Name


subscribe payables Mary Smith

Posting to a List
To post to the listserver, send a message to,, or Potential senders must first subscribe to the listserver before they can post to it. When you reply to an issue that has been put on the listserver, please remember: a reply is a reply to all subscribers. If you want to respond only to a specific individual, you would have to use the forward feature of your e-mail and send your comments that route.

You will get a verification from the listserver that you have been added. You will also be informed if there was a problem. Once you have subscribed to any of the listservers, you will receive a copy of any e-mail that is posted to it.

Unsubscribing from a List
To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to with:
unsubscribe payables, or unsubscribe whichever list applies.