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Course Roles in Canvas 
Student

Student permissions are restricted, but they have enough permissions to access and interact with course content. Specifically, students are permitted to view announcements, files, submit assignments, send inbox (email) messages to instructors and students,  create/post/view discussions, create collaborations, and view people in the course. 
Unofficial Student 

This role has exactly the same permissions as the regular Student role.  It can be used to manually enroll a student in a course, rather than having the student officially enroll via MyAccess (Banner, CourseLeaf). This role is typically used for unofficial auditors or guest students. There are certain cases where using this custom role is necessary, such as when a student officially enrolls in a course, then drops it, and then needs to be manually added back to the Canvas course.
Student No Messaging 

This role implicitly is another kind of "unofficial student" that mostly maintains the same permissions as the regular Student role, except it restricts the following permissions pertaining to the student initiating certain types of in-course communication and messaging:
  • Cannot send inbox (email) messages to instructors or students 
  • Cannot use the Collaborations tool
  • Cannot view people in the course 
Teacher 

The Teacher role grants a user course admin permissions, giving them control over their assigned course or courses. However, this role is prevented from manually adding and deleting third-party course apps and tools.

Unofficial Teacher

This role has exactly the same permissions as the regular Teacher role.  It can be used to manually enroll a teacher in a course, rather than having the teacher officially enroll via MyAccess (Banner, CourseLeaf). This role is typically used for unofficial auditors, co-instructors or guest instructors. There are certain cases where using this custom role is necessary, such as when a teacher officially enrolls in a course, then drops it, and then needs to be manually added back to the Canvas course.

TA

The TA role has permissions similar to the Teacher role, but has the following course permission restrictions:
  • Cannot cross-list (combine) course sections
  • Cannot publish, conclude, or set start/end dated for a course 
  • Cannot set final student grades
  • Cannot set course rubrics
  • Cannot add/remove Teachers, TAs, and Designers 
CNDLS Course Admin

The CNDLS Course Admin is based on the TA role, but has the following course permission exceptions:
  • Can cross-list (combine) course sections
  • Can publish, conclude, or set start/end dated for a course 
  • Can create, edit, or set course rubrics
  • Can add/remove Teachers, TAs, and Designers 
CNDLS GA Admin

This role has permissions similar to the CNDLS Course Admin except it further restricts the following course permissions:
  • Cannot view, edit, or set student grades
  • Cannot add/remove Students, Teachers, TAs and Designers
  • Cannot view list of people in the course 
Designer

The Designer role has permissions similar to the Teacher role, but has the following course permission restrictions: 
  • Cannot view, edit, or set student grades
  • Cannot view course statistics, user activity, and student interaction reports 
  • Cannot add/remove Teachers, TAs, and Designers 
Law Faculty Assistant

This role has is based on the TA role, except it has the follow course permission exceptions and restrictions:  
  • Can cross-list (combine) course sections
  • Can publish, conclude, or set start/end dated for a course
  • Cannot view course statistics, user activity, and student interaction reports 
  • Cannot view course groups 
  • Cannot create, edit, or set course rubrics
  • Cannot view, edit, or set student grades
  • Cannot view or link quiz question banks
Program Admin

The Program Admin role is based on the Teacher role, but has the following course permission restrictions: 
  • Cannot create course content (add files, assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, etc.)
  • Cannot add/remove Students, Teachers, TAs, and Designers 
  • Cannot cross-list (combine) course sections
  • Cannot publish, conclude, or set start/end dated for a course 
  • Cannot edit or set student grades (can view grades)
  • Cannot create or edit course groups
  • Cannot create, edit, or set course rubrics   
  • Cannot reply to discussions  
  • Cannot send inbox (email) messages to instructors or students 
  • Cannot use the Collaborations tool
Program Admin and Content

The Program Admin and Content role is baed on the Designer role, but has the following course permission exceptions and restrictions:  
  • Can view student grades 
  • Cannot edit or set student grades
  • Cannot view course statistics, user activity, and student interaction reports 
  • Cannot add/remove Students, Teachers, TAs, and Designers 
  • Cannot send inbox (email) messages to instructors or students 
  • Cannot cross-list (combine) course sections
  • Cannot publish, conclude, or set start/end dated for a course 
  • Cannot create or reply to discussions
  • Cannot create or edit course groups
  • Cannot create, edit, or set course rubrics   
  • Cannot use the Collaborations tool

Observer
The Observer role can be linked to a specific student user enrolled in a course. Observers have the fewest course permissions and can only view course content. 

The authoritative Instructure documentation for all course role permissions can be found at the following links: