How do I request to restore an archived Blackboard course?

Instructors can fill out a restoration request form to have an old course restored.

Blackboard courses that are over 3 years old are flagged for archival and then archived by default every June 1. Once a course is archived, the content is no longer available for instructors. Courses indicated as continuing, as work sites, or newer than 3 years old will be retained and excluded from archiving. 

Opting out of the archival process

Instructors or those with a course administration role are able to opt out of archiving by removing the Archived SUYY from the course name. If you wish to retain access to any of the courses marked for the June archival and don’t know how to modify the name of the course, please email and request that the course(s) be excluded from archival. 

Restoring a course

Courses no longer visible in Blackboard can be restored on a case-by-case basis. Restoring a course takes time and resources, therefore, LTS asks that instructors take time to review their old courses every year in order to preserve a local copy of any course content they wish to reuse.

Instructors can request a Course Restoration for any of the following reasons:

  1. Academic integrity investigation.
  2. Access to student records for a registrar/dean-approved reason.
  3. Student grade dispute.
Note: If your course contains video either from Echo360 or Panopto, the links/embed codes will be there after the course has been restored, but the video may not play back as a result of the retention policy of videos. Please be aware that on both platforms, Echo360 and Panopto, videos are kept on the servers for a period of time before being removed. See the the following articles to learn more.

Effective June 1, 2022, requesting restoration of a course to retrieve a document or link in courses archived will not be a valid reason to request restoration of an archived course. Please plan ahead or ask LTS for help.

Getting Help

For more information on Blackboard archives or if you need help with any of the educational technologies centrally managed, contact the LTS Support team at

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