For security and privacy reasons, it is best to use the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) feature when sending an email message to a large number of students. When you place email addresses in the BCC field of a message, those addresses are invisible to the recipients of the email. 

  • The privacy of email addresses is protected in the original message. Recipients will receive the message, but won't be able to see the addresses listed in the BCC field.
  • When an email is forwarded, the addresses of everyone in the To and CC fields are also forwarded along with the message. Addresses that have been placed in the BCC field are not forwarded. 
  • If you have placed a large list of recipients in the To or CC field, all of them will receive the reply. By placing recipients in the BCC field, you can help protect them against receiving unnecessary replies from anyone using the Reply All feature.


Using the BCC Field

The following sections explain how to use the BCC feature with Microsoft Outlook.


  1. Launch Outlook. From the Outlook ribbon, click the Home tab, then New Email.

Create a new email in Outlook 2013 or 2016


  1. A new message window appears. From the Ribbon, click the Options tab, then BCC. The BCC field will now display in your message header.

Select the BCC option in Office 2013 or 2016


  1. In the BCC field, type the email addresses of your recipients. 

  1. After you have finished your message, click Send.