Course Retention Guidelines


    On Friday, October 23, 2017 all courses from Spring 2015 and early will be permanently deleted from Blackboard.


    In an effort to provide faculty and students with adequate access to past course sites and information contained in the campus-sponsored learning management system (LMS) for reference, copying and contesting grades while maintaining a stable LMS infrastructure (performance, storage and bandwidth), below are guidelines that will govern the retention of course sites.

    "Course sites" refer to the space in which materials are hosted on the LMS. Course materials include files uploaded by faculty and or students that have access to the site, assignments submitted by students and grade book data.

    After 2 years, course sites will be deleted from the system. Course deletions will occur on or after January 15 and July 15 of each year. For example, Fall 2017 courses will be deleted on or after January 15, 2020. Instructors will be notified via an email to their Mason email address four weeks prior to each deletion date and an announcement will be posted in myMason.

    The full course retention guidelines are available on the ITS website.

    Course Copy/Archiving Course Options

    To assist faculty in copying content from an old course site into a new course and/or archiving a course site please review the following step-by-step instructions:

    Course Site Deletion Schedule

    Semester   Deletion Date
    Summer 2016   January 15, 2019
    Fall 2016
    January 15, 2019
    Spring 2017

    July 15, 2019
    Summer 2017

    January 15, 2020
    Fall 2017

    January 15, 2020

    Permanent Courses, Sandbox Courses, and Organizations will not be deleted as part of this schedule.