Start and End dates for courses within Canvas are set by our University of Findlay's Registrar in the Workday database.  These dates are what allow students to access and submit assignments within a course.  Any course may be published before the academic start date to allow students to access the course.  However, this alone will not allow those students to access and/or submit assignments as that is controlled by the start date.

Courses will automatically conclude at the end of their designated end date.  This will move your course into an archived state where it can no longer be updated but can still be accessed.  

If for some reason you would like to start your course earlier or need to extend the time that you and/or your students need to make changes in your course, please send an email to so a ticket is automatically created for this request.

If you have any questions or issues, contact Technology Support Services
419-434-4357 option 2