Canvas Course Retention and Deletion

Academic courses that use Canvas remain available for approximately eighteen months from the last day of the term. Once a course is removed from Canvas it is permanently unavailable to both the faculty and students.  The removal process for Canvas courses will begin on December 15, 2021. Fall 2018, spring 2019, summer 2019, and fall 2019 academic courses will be removed. Please note the removal process is ONLY for Academic courses, development and external courses will not be removed.

Prior to each course removal date, ITS will communicate with faculty via campus email and Canvas announcements.

Canvas Academic Course Removal Timeline
Term in Canvas Removal date
Fall 2018 December 15, 2021
Spring 2019 December 15, 2021
Summer 2019 December 15, 2021
Fall 2019 December 15, 2021
Spring 2020 December 13,  2022
Summer 2020 December 13,  2022
Fall 2020 December 13,  2022
Spring 2021 December 15, 2023
Summer 2021 December 15, 2023
Fall 2021 December 15, 2023
Spring 2022 December 2024
Summer 2022 December 2024
Fall 2022 December 2024

There are a number of best practices to consider prior to course removal that are highlighted below.

  1. Backup/Export your course
  2. Download/Export grades from Canvas to your Computer
  3. Download all student submissions from Canvas to your Computer 
  4. Remind students to backup course materials and assignments

For instructors interested in saving content only (NO STUDENT DATA), a development course can be created. 

  1. Request development course from the eform
    • a development course is a Canvas shell to store content and work on course design.
  2. Copy course content from course set to be removed to the development course


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