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Minimum Use of the LMS

Applies to:Original Policy Date:Date of Last Review:Approved by:
Faculty January 1, 2021 January 31, 2022 Dr. Marco Carvalho
Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy Owner: Office of the Provost

Policy Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure a consistent academic experience for students by requiring all courses to utilize the learning management system (LMS), Canvas, as a common access point for course materials.

Policy Scope

This policy applies to all Florida Tech credit-bearing courses at all levels and locations, and in all modalities.

Policy Statement

The university Learning Management System (LMS) is a common access point for course materials for students. To ensure all students have access to key course information, all courses must make the following available in the LMS (currently Canvas):

  • A course syllabus posted in the syllabus tab that meets the requirements of the Course Syllabus and Required Materials Policy.
  • The completion and submission of any required assessment materials (assessment and results) when prompted.
  • Grades: The use of the gradebook specifically to ensure that students have timely, on-going access to their grades.


If the instructor cannot meet the requirements of this policy, the academic unit head/program chair should be notified at least two weeks before the beginning of the term so that a proxy can be assigned.


Each instructional faculty member is responsible for ensuring each course they teach meets these minimum requirements. For the purpose of this policy, a faculty member is the instructor of record for the course regardless of whether a faculty appointment is held.

Academic unit/program chairs are responsible for approving any necessary deviations from this policy.


Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action by the College Dean or Office of the Provost.


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