Canvas Course Cannot be Viewed by Students


An unviewable Canvas course has numerous registration and publishing-related causes.



A Canvas course cannot be viewed by a student.


This is possibly due to:

  • the student has not enrolled yet for the course and/or
  • the student has enrolled for the course but has not waited long enough for the course to appear, and/or
  • the course start date is not set (or is backdated), and/or
  • the class has not yet been published by the professor


If you are a student experiencing this issue, check the following:

  • Verify that you are in fact enrolled for the course. If you are not currently registered, you will not see the course in Canvas.
  • If you have just registered for the course, it takes approximately 30 minutes for Banner to sync new course data with Canvas roster. If you haven't waited that length of time you will not yet see the course in Canvas.
  • Contact the professor teaching the Canvas class. They will likely need to adjust the start date and/or publish the course in Canvas.
If you are faculty teaching the class and are unsure how to check/fix these items:



Article ID: 156
Tue 6/9/15 3:55 PM
Tue 11/7/23 4:22 PM

Related Articles

Related Articles (2)

Canvas assignments will not be viewable by students unless published.
This article explains options for Canvas assistance.

Related Services / Offerings

Related Services / Offerings (1)

Issues related to seeing courses, course design, pedagogical concerns, etc.