Canvas Course Availability Timeline

This guide is intended for faculty to follow the recommended timeline for their Canvas course availability.

45 Days Before the Semester Begins

"When can I begin to build my course in Canvas?"

The Canvas site becomes available to faculty 45 days before the class start date. The course will be available on their Canvas dashboard. Access Canvas through OneLogin
If you need a Canvas site before then, request a Playground through

2 Weeks After the Class End Date

"How long will the Canvas site be visible to students?"

Two weeks after the class end date, the Canvas site is no longer visible to students. Make sure to notify students either on the home page of your course or the syllabus with the following:

"The Canvas course access ends two weeks after the semester ends. If you wish to keep any content from the Canvas site, make sure to save it before you no longer have access. If you wish to access content after this date, have your faculty email with authorization to let you access what course and for how long."

What about incompletes?

If a student has an incomplete, send an email to with the name of the course, name of the student, and the extension date they need access through.


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