Columbia University Courseworks Help

CourseWorks is Columbia University's Learning Management System (LMS), providing comprehensive course management for faculty and students, including tools for posting a course syllabus, collaboration and discussion boards, online assignments and tests. The Academic Services team is has recently transitioned CourseWorks to use a new LMS with additional functionality, called Canvas.

If you are interested in using CourseWorks, or learning more about Canvas, please contact us at

CourseWorks provides state-of-the-art online learning and information sharing tools, while creating a highly interactive educational experience. This robust system offers user-friendly information sharing between instructors and students through collaboration tools, such as direct and group messaging, discussion boards and video conferences; online assignment and test creation; an online grade book; calendaring; and other tools.

Service is available 24x7 at except during pre-announced maintenance periods.

Instructors may:

  • Upload textbook information, syllabus, lecture content, and assignments as text or files
  • Conduct online tests, quizzes and discussions
  • Communicate with students via email and announcements
  • Grade student assignments and upload student grades
  • Conduct group work

Students may:

  • View and download content posted by instructors
  • Participate in online discussions, tests and quizzes
  • Submit assignments and participate in group work
  • View their grades and submit online evaluations

Accessing Course Sites

Course sites are created and populated with instructors and students based on data from the Columbia Registrar. When an instructor or student is listed by the Registrar as being in the course, they will be automatically added to the course site in CourseWorks.


Support documentation for students
Support documentation for instructors

Service is available 24x7 at except during pre-announced maintenance periods.

If you are not returning to Columbia next semester, you will need download or forward the important contents of your LionMail inbox to your personal email account because your UNI access will expire after about 10 months. For those that have stored files on the CUNIX directory, you will need to download your files and save them in a personal account.

If there is anything you will need help with, such as downloading files or forwarding emails, you should take care of this before you leave campus so that you can take advantage of the technicians in the CUIT Walk-in Center.

Your UNI will go through several status changes after you leave Columbia. Over the ten months following your departure, your UNI will transition as follows:

  • Active
    • This period will last until the end of final semester for which you registered.
  • Nine-month grace period
    • At the end of the grace period, you will receive an email (in your Columbia email inbox) warning you that your UNI access is set to expire in approximately one month.
  • One-month warning period
    • You will receive weekly warnings that your UNI access is about to expire.
  • Expired

For example, if you depart mid-spring semester, your UNI will be in its grace period until February of the following year. If you register again at Columbia before the grace period is over, your UNI will return to active status automatically.

After you leave Columbia, you will no longer have access to:

  • CUIT computer labs
  • CUIT printers in CUID-restricted areas (labs, etc)

You will maintain access to online Columbia Libraries resources for about six months.

You can send a request to CUIT to set up an auto-reply from your Columbia email inbox to inform people of an alternative email address. When you are ready to have an auto-reply installed, submit a ticket to the CUIT Service Desk with your requested message. The auto-reply will be installed within three days of receipt of your request. Regardless of when your account actually expires, please don't submit the request until you are ready. The auto-reply will remain in effect for up to six months after you request it.

If you are the owner of any club or organization websites or mailing lists, you should also make arrangements to transfer the ownership to someone else. You can begin this process by submitting a ticket to CUIT.

Affiliate School Departures

Please visit your local computing support site to learn about their policies on grace periods:


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