How do I prevent students from editing their discussion replies?

Last updated on March 18, 2022

By default, all replies a student posts in a Discussion in Canvas can be edited or deleted by that student. You can disable this feature, if you like, on a class-wide basis. This can be done to ensure greater academic integrity in your course, as a student cannot post an incomplete reply and then revise it later after reading through the discussion.

To disable this feature:

  1. Click on Settings in the left-hand course navigation menu. 
  2. Click on the Course Details tab along the top of the page.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  4. Click on More Options at the bottom of the page.
  5. Uncheck the box next to Let Students Edit or Delete Their Own Discussion Replies.
  6. Click Update Course Details in the bottom right-hand corner.