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Policy for Disabling
and Purging Blackboard Courses


Schedule of Disabling and Purging Blackboard Courses

At the end of a semester or session, all Blackboard courses will be disabled according to the following schedule.

I. Disabling Courses
When a course is disabled, all course materials remain accessible to the instructor, but not to the students. An instructor can disable a course at any time by going to “Settings” in the Course Control Panel and changing the “Course Availability” setting to “No”.

All courses will be disabled by OAT according to the following schedule:

Course Runs During: Disabled At: Example:
Fall Semester End of Spring Semester Fall '05 disabled end of Spring '06
Winter Session End of Spring Semester Winter '06 disabled end of Spring '06
Spring Semester End of Fall Semester Spring '06 disabled end of Fall '06
Summer Session End of Fall Semester Summer '06 disabled end of Fall '06

II. Purging Courses
When a course is purged, it will no longer be available in Blackboard. We strongly suggest that instructors export their course materials onto other media before the scheduled purge dates. After the course has been purged, it cannot be retrieved. To export a course, go to “Course Options” in the Course Control Panel and click on “Export Course”. You will see a screen with options listing the items from your course that can be exported to your media. Check the items you want to save or export and then click “Submit”.

Courses will be retained for one full year plus the following academic year semester (fall or spring).

Course Runs During: Purged At: Example:
Fall Semester End of the Next Fall Fall '05 purged at end of Spring '07
Winter Session End of Next Winter Winter '06 purged at end of Spring '07
Spring Semester End of Next Spring Spring '06 purged at end of Fall '07
Summer Session End of Next Summer Summer '06 purged at end of Fall '07