This page describes Blackboard Administration's policy on faculty and student access to completed courses in Blackboard.
The purpose of this policy is to minimize old courses kept on the system and to minimize administrative overhead associated with making old courses accessible again.
See policy on Removing Completed Blackboard Courses for details on when courses are disabled or removed from Blackboard. Students and faculty may continue to access completed courses as they normally would until the courses are disabled as described here.
Students and faculty are always expected to keep backup copies of all of their original and graded course materials, submitted papers, assignments, discussion/blog/wiki posts, etc for every course they participate in. Keeping backups of your work is the fastest and easiest solution for students, faculty, and administrators.
After a course is disabled or archived and removed from Blackboard, course restoration may be provided in case of emergency loss of student or faculty backup files. Blackboard Administration makes no guarantee that the desired materials are available to restore. Courses belonging to cohorts that have ended over two years ago will not be restored for any reason.
As course restoration is time-consuming, all requests for restored courses must be approved by your program manager or assistant. That person will determine if the request is warranted and reasonable before making a request to Blackboard Administration.
Requests for course restoration received by Blackboard Administration from the program managers are addressed at the end of each week, after regular course opening operations have been completed for that week.
Restored courses must be re-enabled following each snapshot from our primary Student Information System. As such, Blackboard Administration will provide set times during which the course will be accessible. The availability will be maintained for no more than three days or until confirmation is received that all needed materials have been retrieved, whichever comes first.
This policy affects all Students, Faculty and Courses in Blackboard, but not Organizations.
13-Nov-2012 - This policy is now in effect.
7-Nov-2012 - This policy is a draft and is not yet in effect.
There are no exceptions to this policy.