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Canvas - Profile Pictures

In Canvas, your campus Buff OneCard photo appears as your profile picture. Although Canvas allows you to change your profile picture, please note that it will be replaced each morning with your Buff OneCard photo.

The standardized format of Buff OneCard photos makes it easy for instructors to recognize you in Canvas course rosters. These photos also help you get to know other students in your course, and vice versa.

Buff OneCard photos are not uploaded for instructors or TAs.

This page answers some frequently asked questions about profile pictures in Canvas.

I changed my profile picture in Canvas, but the next morning it changed back. Why?

Unless you are an instructor or TA in a current- or future-term course, your Canvas profile pic will be set to match your Buff OneCard photo. This is done because Buff OneCard photos use a standardized format, making it easy for instructors and other students to recognize you in course rosters.

How do I set my Canvas profile picture as a TA or instructor?

Visit the Canvas guide How do I add a profile picture in my user account as an instructor?

Why aren’t Buff OneCard photos uploaded for instructors or TAs?

Profile pictures help instructors and TAs get to know their students’ faces, and having a standardized format for student pictures aids this process. Students typically don’t need assistance learning the faces of their instructors, and in online classes, an instructor can use a custom profile picture to better personalize themselves to their students.

Who can see my profile picture in Canvas?

Anyone enrolled in the same course as you, including students, can see your profile picture. Your picture appears under “People” in your courses, as well as in other areas such as discussion posts and conversation messages.

What if I don’t want others to see my picture in Canvas?

Your Buff OneCard photo is directory information that is considered publicly available. If you wish to change this, you can request full privacy status from the Registrar. Once this is granted, your Canvas profile picture will no longer be reset daily. Then, to remove your picture, visit the Canvas guide How do I add a profile picture in my user account as a student? and scroll down to Delete Profile Picture.

How do I get a Buff OneCard so my photo appears in Canvas?

Visit Buff OneCard information for students.

Why isn’t my or my student's Buff OneCard photo appearing in Canvas?

There are several possible reasons why your Buff OneCard photo would not appear as your Canvas profile picture:

  • You are not officially enrolled as a student in any current- or future-term courses. Once you sign up for a class for this term or a future term, your Buff OneCard photo will be uploaded.
  • You are a student with a full privacy flag.
  • You are listed as a TA or instructor for any current- or future-term course. Even if you are also a student, being a TA or instructor exempts you from having your Buff OneCard photo uploaded to Canvas.
  • You don’t have a Buff OneCard.

If one of these cases applies to you, you can upload your own profile picture by following this Canvas guide: How do I add a profile picture in my user account as a student?