Do Canvas Courses Get Deleted?




Does the ITS-Canvas team delete Canvas courses?


  • Yes, but only unused courses are deleted.
    • Unused courses are defined as those with no assignments, announcements, discussions, files, modules, pages, or quizzes, and are not published.
    • Published courses with content and student submissions and grades will not be deleted.
  • ITS-Canvas typically deletes unused courses once a year.
  • ITS-Canvas sends out a notification when cleaning up unused Canvas courses to everyone enrolled in the Canvas @ Michigan course.

Why delete unused courses?

  • Academic course sites are automatically provisioned beginning 180 days before the beginning of the term.
  • One Canvas course is created for each section of each course in the course catalog (with a couple exceptions).
  • However, not all courses are used.
  • To avoid an excessive number of courses being displayed in an instructor’s Canvas course listing, unused courses are periodically deleted by ITS.

Additional Information

For additional questions, please contact the ITS Service Center

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