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This policy states Harvard’s policy for acceptable use of Canvas by instructors, staff and students. Canvas is Harvard’s University-wide learning management system for course websites. By using Canvas you are agreeing to comply with this Acceptable Use Policy.

Canvas is provided as a service in multiple platforms by Instructure, a third-party vendor for Harvard. Your use of Canvas is also governed by Instructure’s Terms of Use (see

Restrictions on Use of Canvas

Students may use Canvas solely for personal educational and research purposes. Instructors and staff may use Canvas solely in connection with teaching and administration of Harvard courses and for related research.

User Accounts

Harvard establishes a Canvas user account for every user with the following information: first name, last name, email address, and HUID. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your account. You may not share your account or password with anyone, and you agree to notify Harvard immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or any other breach of security. You agree not to create or access an account using a false identity or information, or on behalf of someone other than yourself. You agree that you shall not have more than one account at any given time.

Responsibility for Content

  • You own content that you create and upload to the website (subject to Harvard’s intellectual property policies).
  • You are responsible for complying with copyright laws and all other applicable laws and with applicable Harvard policies governing the use of content.
  • Course materials may be used as intended by the instructors. Otherwise, you may not copy, sell, license, transfer, distribute, or otherwise use or exploit Canvas or any materials on the website, other than your own content.


Do not post content that (i) is fraudulent or unlawful; (ii) insults, defames, harasses, or threatens or harms others; (iii) violates the copyright or intellectual property or privacy rights of others; (iv) contains obscene material (unless such material is made available for educational purposes); (v) advertises or sells a product or service. Do not use any contact information of other students or other users for your marketing purposes.

If you are a student, do not share the solutions to assignments or other educational work with others except as permitted or required by the instructor. Do not submit the work of others as your own work. Respect the privacy of other students and instructors. Respect the diversity of opinions and cultures that will be present in your course.


Harvard shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any of your content if it violates this Acceptable Use Policy or any Harvard policy or applicable law, or creates risk for users or liability for Harvard. In any such case, Harvard shall also have the right, in its sole discretion, to close your account and terminate your access to Canvas. Harvard does not control and is not responsible for user content posted through Canvas and has no obligation to pre-screen or monitor content.

Third-Party Websites

This website may contain links to third-party websites. When you click on a link to a third-party website, you will be subject to separate terms and conditions or privacy policies. Harvard is not responsible for any third-party websites or their policies.

Reporting Copyright Infringement

If you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please proceed as instructed on Harvard's Reporting Copyright Infringements webpage ( 

Contacting This Website

If you have any questions about this Acceptable Use Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact

Changes to This Policy

This Acceptable Use Policy may be changed from time to time. The modified terms will be posted on this page.

Effective Date

The effective date of this policy is January 22, 2015.

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