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Copyright Resources for Faculty: Canvas

Canvas Course Visibility and Copyrighted Materials

The library has recently been made aware that a number of inactive Canvas courses as well as some current courses are visible to the public. If your courses are among these, and they contain copyrighted material, you may be exposing yourself, the library, and the University to legal action for copyright infringement.  Some materials (e.g. articles, book chapters, videos, etc.) may not be covered by Fair Use protections if anyone outside of the Xavier community can access them. Read more about Copyright, Fair Use, Course Management Systems and the TEACH Act..

Note that publishing a course in Canvas for student access does not require changing the default Visibility setting from “Course” to “Public,” nor does it require marking the checkbox to “include this course in the Public Course Index” that is by default unchecked.

We ask that you take a few minutes to:

  • Check the Visibility settings on all of your Canvas courses, both current and inactive, by following these steps.
  • View your course settings to see if they are included in the Public Course Index by following these steps. In most cases the Visibility setting should be set to “Course” and the Public Course Index checkbox should be unchecked, especially if copyrighted material is included in your Canvas course.