Canvas Campus Policies

UM-Dearborn Canvas Policies

UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, and students are expected to adhere to all UM-Dearborn Policies.  Listed below are some specific Canvas-related policies and procedures.

  • Faculty and student accounts are automatically created via Banner. Accounts will begin to be created up to 8 weeks before the start of the semester. Students registering for courses earlier than that may receive an error when trying to log in to Canvas. This is normal, and will be resolved automatically as the semester information starts to load 8 weeks in advance.

    Canvas support personnel can manually create accounts for staff on a case-by-case basis. Guest presenters or others may need to first create a UMich Friend Account, and then request a Canvas account be created with their friend account info.

  • All courses from Banner will automatically have a corresponding Canvas course site created (policies about accessing these sites are outlined in additional sections below).

    Canvas support personnel can manually create a "model / work-in-progress" site if faculty wish to start developing a course before the official course site is created or wish to collaborate or share their work with other faculty members on campus. Canvas sites are only to be used for academic courses or very specialized projects upon approval of the University Coordinator of Digital Education. Projects for professional development, scholarships, grants, file sharing, etc. should consider using other university resources such as U-M Google Sites, U-M Google Drive, or U-M Box.

  • Canvas course enrollment is automatically updated from Banner four times per day. Faculty must be assigned to the course by the Registrar (via department administration) to get access to the course Canvas site. Students must successfully register for the course (not the waitlist) to get access to the course Canvas site.

    Canvas support personnel can add librarians or teaching assistants (including lab assistants) to a Canvas site upon faculty request. Additional approval may be required depending on any individual department or unit policies. Canvas support personnel cannot add anyone as a teacher or student to a course manually. This must be done through official procedures, as outlined above.

    This information is aligned with the Classroom and Learning Management System Course Access Policy, approved by the UCDC on December 10, 2015.

  • Students will have Canvas access to all courses they have registered for by 5pm on the first day of the semester. Instructors can choose to make individual courses available up to one week before the start of the semester.

    Students will have full access to a course until 11:59pm on the last day of final exams. After that, students will retain read-only access to courses, and will still be able to view past assignments, discussions, grades, etc.Students can access courses for past semesters by clicking the "View All or Customize" link in the Canvas Courses menu.

    This policy was affirmed by the UM-Dearborn UCDC Online Subcommittee during the Winter 2015 semester.

  • Faculty will have access to their assigned courses up to 8 weeks before the start of the semester (depending on the finalization of the course schedule by the registrar). Faculty members must be assigned to the course by the registrar (via department administration) and have a uniqname/umich email address entered into Banner to get access to courses.

    Faculty will have full access to courses for a minimum of 9 days after the last day of final exams. After that, faculty will retain read-only access to courses, and will still be able to view past content, assignments, discussions, grades, etc. Faculty can access courses for past semesters by clicking the "View All or Customize" link in the Canvas Courses menu.

    This policy was affirmed by the UM-Dearborn UCDC Online Subcommittee during the Winter 2015 semester.

  • All courses and sections crosslisted in Banner will also be automatically crosslisted in Canvas. Canvas support personnel can also manually combine multiple sections of the same course together upon faculty request. Additional approval may be required depending on any individual department or unit policies.

    Faculty, please note electronic course evaluations will be generated based upon Canvas courses and enrollments. Courses manually combined in Canvas will be evaluated as one course. Please keep this in mind when requesting courses be manually combined, as it may affect tenure and promotion or annual reviews (check with your department in you are unsure).

  • Access to Canvas courses can be extended for faculty and specific students who are given an "I" grade.  Please contact your unit's Canvas support personnel for the unit-specific procedure for extending Canvas access.  Students with an "I" grade cannot be added to any other course(s) to complete their work.

    This information is aligned with the Classroom and Learning Management System Course Access Policy, approved by the UCDC on December 10, 2015.

  • Please see the Video Use in Online Courses policy for information on how copyright law applies to videos places in Canvas (or any other online educational environment). This policy was created by Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel of The University of Michigan.