Data Retention Policy
Course data and lecture media is retained for up to five years
Course data in Canvas can include assignments, quizzes, student grades, course files, and messages. Courses and their data are available starting the quarter during which they are offered, and are then archived and can be accessed for up to five years. After that time, the courses and their data will be deleted. Email for help accessing archived courses.
On request Stanford Medicine will record classroom activities that take place in the Li Ka Shing Center and Alway Building. The recordings are published as streaming video, .mp4 video, and .mp3 audio files and made available via either a Canvas course or stand-alone lecture media page. Classroom recordings are available to SUNet ID holders for up to five years. The original requestor will be notified when they have four months to review their expiring media and to download any files they wish to keep. After that time, the files will be deleted. Submit a support request for help in locating media from a course or event.
Canvas and the lecture media system are not certified for PHI. Faculty and course directors are responsible for reviewing any lecture materials and removing PHI content prior to publication or capture. For any planned lecture captures that may contain PHI, faculty should notify Medscheduler that PHI will be present during an event and that capture for that event should be cancelled. Any media that is suspected to contain PHI will be withheld pending verification from faculty and, if PHI is present, that media will be deleted.
Lecture Media Retention Process
Day of event
Capture will run from scheduled start through scheduled end of session and media will be published 3-5 hours after scheduled end of session. Published media will include streaming video, .mp4 video, .mp3 audio, and any associated .pdfs.
Day of event
+ 3-5 days
All media is reviewed for potential PHI or technical issues. Any media suspected to contain PHI will be held for faculty review and, if PHI is present, that media will be edited to remove PHI or will be deleted.
End of quarter
At the end of the quarter, the Canvas course or lecture media page will be archived. The page will be accessible via direct URL and SUNet authentication for up to five years. Submit a support request for help finding archived lecture media pages from courses or events.
End of quarter
+ 5 years
At the end of the quarter plus five years, the original requestor will be notified via email that the media is set to expire. There will be a four-month grace period during which the requestor can review expiring files and download any that they wish to keep. At the end of the four-month grace period, the links to the media will be deactivated and the media will be deleted shortly thereafter.