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Canvas@Illinois , Suppressing your Profile Picture for Instructors

This page explains the process of changing or suppressing your profile picture in Canvas if you are an instructor.

Profile pictures are automatically uploaded from the university's iCard repository into Canvas once a semester, typically following the 10th day after classes begin; a global announcement will appear in Canvas prior to the upload. The images are uploaded to student profiles as a way for instructors to associate a name with a face in their class. 

If you are a student who wishes to change their profile picture or suppress your image in Canvas, please visit the following Knowledge Base article: Canvas@Illinois, Suppressing Profile Picture for Students

Change Your Profile Picture

If you would like to change your Canvas profile picture to a picture of your choice OR a grey anonymous icon, you can follow the instructions on this Knowledge Base article: Canvas@Illinois , How to Upload a Profile Picture for Students  Note: You will have to make this change each semester following the iCard image upload, if you wish to do so.

Suppressing Your Image

If you do not want your iCard picture used as your profile picture now or in the future, you will have to submit a request to suppress your Directory information. The process to submit a request follows below. Note: Please recognize that there are a few disadvantages to suppressing your information:

  • You can't choose which information you want to make private. It is either all
    private, or all public. In other words, you cannot suppress ONLY your
    address and phone number.
  • Third parties such as prospective employers and insurance companies
    will not be able to verify your employment by themselves. You will have to
    provide them with documentation.
  • You will not be able to order or download software from the Tech Services WebStore
    because the software needs to recognize you as a staff member.

Instructors who wish to suppress their image from use in Canvas are advised to contact their department Human Resources office. If, for some reason, the department Human Resources office is unable to assist, instructors should contact the Systems Human Resources office at or by phone at 217-333-2600. You can read more about the process of suppression at the following Knowledge Base article: Illinois Directory, How to suppress an employee's electronic entry

Unsuppressing Your Image

Instructors who had their home phone number and address suppressed in the Electronic Directory and who now wish to unsuppress it should begin the process by contacting their department Human Resources office.

Keywordsavatar, image, iCard, teacher, suppress,   Doc ID117482
OwnerGaby V.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2022-03-21 15:37:45Updated2023-08-04 11:45:23
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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