Canvas: Understanding the Canvas User Terms and Conditions

This document provides an easy to ready summary of the terms and conditions set by Canvas, the new LMS for Rice courses.

When you first login to Canvas, you will have to agree to the terms of use in order to continue. This is a bunch of complicated legal wording that basically ensures Instructure (the educational technology company that developed Canvas) and Rice (the users of Canvas) are all going to play nice. Please note that terms of use and Privacy Policy are not the same thing. Here it is broken down by section.

Section 1: Copyright

Instructure has the copyright to Canvas. Do not try to reproduce it by hacking the code in any way.

Section 2: Registration

To use Canvas, you have to register with real information. No fake names or numbers.

Section 3: Content

Each user is responsible for what they put on Canvas, not Instructure. Be appropriate.

Section 4: Ownership

By agreeing you are saying that you own the content you are posting. Instructure owns the Learning Management System. It is like a dorm room. Instructure owns the room, the closet, the drawers, and the furniture. You own the stuff that you brought to the room- your luggage, your clothes, your books. You can hang up your stuff, and put your clothes in the drawers, but you can’t take the drawers home. You can unpack your bags, but you can’t refinish the furniture. Instructure will maintain the room, but they can’t take your stuff. And again, be appropriate.

Section 4.5: Feedback

If you give feedback and Instructure uses it to improve or creates a new feature based off of your feedback, you aren’t getting any money or rights to it.

Section 5: Behave

Instructure has the right to look over content and take down things that violate the code of conduct.

Section 6: Responsibility

Each user is responsible for their own actions and interactions on Canvas.

Section 7: Third Party Websites

Instructure is not responsible for content on third party websites or apps.

Section 8: Copyright Infringement

If someone makes a claim against your content, you are responsible, not Instructure.

Section 9: Errors

Instructure isn’t perfect and doesn’t guarantee that there aren’t errors.

Section 10: Liability

Instructure is not liable for any damages you can dream up. The most money you can possibly get from them if they were somehow found liable, is the amount you paid to use Canvas in the previous year. If you haven’t paid anything, the cap is $50.

Section 10.3: Operator Error

Instructure isn’t responsible if users don’t use the tools and settings correctly.

Section 10.4: Third Parties

Everyone is responsible for their own actions, including third party websites. So Instructure isn’t responsible for what you see on third party websites.

Section 11: Copyright

Give credit where credit is due - pictures, words, films, video- if you didn’t create it, give props to whomever did. If anyone has used your content without your permission, Instructure gives you information on what to do.

Section 12: Comply

Follow the rules ( be appropriate, observe copyrights) or your account will be closed/deactivated.

Section 13: Communication

Email and messages, notices from Instructure are official. Any communication with third parties and whatever consequences that communication has, is not Instructure’s issue.

Section 13.4: Unforeseen Situations

Instructure isn’t responsible for service delays/ malfunctions during all listed and other unlisted situations.

Section 13.5: Recourse

Email if you feel Canvas has not held up their end of the bargain.