Once a term ends, students and instructors have read-only access to Canvas course sites for as long as OSU retains the course sites. The term end date is the first day of the subsequent term. An ONID account is required to access Canvas course sites.

You can find past-term courses by clicking the Courses button in the gray Canvas menu, then clicking the All Courses link near the bottom of the fly-out menu.

With Canvas default settings, here is what you can expect once the term ends:


  • Cannot submit assignments, participate in discussions or send/receive conversation messages
  • Cannot view quiz questions
  • Can download assignments they submitted
  • Can view grades for assignments, quizzes and discussions
  • Can download course documents from Files (if enabled) and from published modules


  • Cannot change grades, assignments or any other course information
  • Cannot remove students
  • Can view and download files
  • Can view assignments, quizzes, and discussions
  • Can view grades and submissions for assignments, quizzes and discussions
  • Can download the gradebook and individual student assignments
  • Can import the course to a new Canvas site 
We strongly recommend leaving the default course settings as-is, but it is possible to restrict student access to Canvas course sites. Any changes must be made before the term endsSee details here.