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Carmen Term Dates

Canvas requires us to supply a term date when we make courses available for a new semester. This defines when users have active access to a course. Outside of those dates, users — including instructors — have read-only access, meaning that a course is not available for adding participants, submitting assignments, posting discussions, uploading files, grading, or any other action-based task within a course. 

The term dates that we provide apply to all the courses for a given semester. If you need active access outside of those term dates then you need to set your own custom course dates. These override the term dates, leaving the course open for participation.

Carmen Defined Term Dates

The term dates are four weeks before the start of the term to a eleven weeks after the grade posting deadline.  This places the term end date at least a week after the regular due date for incomplete submissions

Below are the official term dates applied to each semester.  

Term Term Start Date Term End Date
Spring 2021 December 14, 2020

July 26, 2021

Summer 2021 April 14, 2021

October 25, 2021

Autumn 2021 July 7, 2021

March 7, 2022

Spring 2022 December 13, 2021

July 25, 2022

Summer 2022 April 13, 2022

October 24, 2022

Autumn 2022 July 26, 2022

March 6, 2023

Spring 2023 December 12, 2022

July 24, 2023

Summer 2023 April 12, 2023

October 23, 2023

What You Need to Know about Term Dates, Course Dates, and Student Access

From inside the course, you can set specific course start and end dates as long as the term end date hasn't passed. There are two mix and match options for applying them:

  • "Restrict students from viewing course before start date:" When the student restriction for the course start date is enabled, students cannot see the course in their Canvas Courses list until the course start date, even if the course is published.

  • "Restrict students from viewing course after end date:" Once the course term dates or overriding course dates have lapsed, students can still view the course but all content is displayed in a read-only state. However, when the student restriction for the course end date is enabled, students can no longer view the course in the Courses list after the term or course dates have closed.  

If a course doesn't appear in the Courses list, students will get an error trying to go directly to it from the Carmen landing page or other links to the course. 

If it is before the term start dates and you have not made any adjustments to the Carmen defined term dates AND if you have published the course, students will have access to a read-only state. The course will be in an editable state for instructors, TAs, and Designers.

Setting Course Dates

In order to set course dates, you must make the changes before the term dates expire. If it is past the published term dates, you will not be able to change the course dates.

  1. Navigate to carmen.osu.edu.

  2. Select the desired course. 

  3. Click Settings.

  4. Click on Course Details.

    Course details option in Carmen
  5. Click the Participation drop-down menu [1] and select the Course option [2].

    set course participation dates
  6. Click the Starts calendar icon [1].

  7. Click a new start date for the course [2].

    Course start date field in Course Details options in Carmen
  8. Click the Ends calendar icon [1].

  9. Click a new end date and time for the course.

    When setting your end date, be sure to type in an end time and communicate this to your students. If you set the time to end at midnight, be sure you clarify for your students when their access ends as it can often be confusing.

    Course end date field in Course Details options in Carmen
  10. If you want to restrict student access to the course, scroll to the Visibility settings.

  11. To set a default so that students cannot view a link to the course before the course start date, click the Restrict students from viewing courses before start date checkbox.

  12. To set a default so that students cannot access the course after the course end date, Restrict students from viewing courses after end date checkbox.

    Restrict student access before and/or after dates in Course Options details in Carmen

    If either of the 'restrict students from viewing' options are checked, students will not get a read-only version of a Published course, but an error message about access.

  13. Click Update Course Details to save your course dates. 

If you need to set course dates after the term dates have expired please contact us at carmen@osu.edu

Students who need access to a course outside of the term/course dates should contact their instructor. Support staff will only open a course at the request of instructors, chairs, or other approved faculty/staff.