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D2L Retention Policies

Retention of D2L For-Credit Courses and Materials

Question: How long will my course remain in D2L after it is offered?

Answer: For-Credit courses and their content, specifically those offered by the Registrar’s Office as part of a degree program, will be retained on D2L servers for two years following the completion of the course. This two year period will follow the course's schedule as outlined in the MSU Class Search tool. After this two-year period, the course will be removed from the system.

D2L support staff will send email notifications to course administrators before removing any courses or content from the system. For instance, a course that concludes in Fall Semester 2023 will be deleted from the system at the end of Fall Semester 2025.

During the two-year period, access to materials will be managed by the course instructor. However, access to specific copyrighted materials may cease before the end of the two-year timeframe, depending on the nature of the content.

For assistance with backing up your course content, refer to D2L Course Export and Backing up Select Student Data.

Retention of D2L Materials for other Course Types

Question: How long will my other Enrichment* course offerings remain in D2L?

*This includes development, community, non-credit, and professional development offerings

Answer: Administrators of an enrichment offering bear full responsibility for the content, upkeep, and archiving of materials they wish to retain. Enrichment courses will be maintained on the D2L system for as long as the offering remains active and contains content. However, if an offering has not been accessed for a period of six (6) months or is found to be empty, it will be deleted from the system.

Special note regarding D2L Enrichment Offerings:

Units often conduct university business using D2L Communities, Non-Credit, and Professional Development course offering spaces (e.g., Search Committees) and in the process may create university business records ( These business records may have specific retention schedules in compliance with laws and regulations or may have historical value to MSU. Contact the University Archives & Historical Collections staff at or (517) 355-2330 for questions and assistance.