Canvas Global Announcement Guidelines

Canvas is the learning management system for New Mexico State University students and faculty.  The Canvas Global Announcements are intended to offer brief and timely information about NMSU technical issues, student academic opportunities, and other academic items of interest to the entire campus community.

Announcements submitted will be given preference for posting by Academic Technology based on the following descending order of importance:

  1. Messages from departments, divisions, or offices critical to the entire campus community (emergency messages, urgent deadlines, etc.)
  2. Messages applicable to a majority of campus constituencies
  3. Messages applicable to a majority of a specific campus constituency

ONLY campus groups, entities, and campus community members (students, faculty, and staff) may submit items to the Canvas Global Announcements section.

NEW Fall 2020 guidelines

From the Office of the Provost: effective immediately course offering/class enrollment advertisements will no longer be allowed as Canvas Announcements for the Las Cruces campus.

This is not the appropriate venue for public service announcements.  If you wish to post a public service announcement, please contact University Communications to seek the best venue.  Announcements from off-campus entities are not appropriate for this venue and will not be considered.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Announcements will be posted every Monday and will run for no more than five (5) business days.
  • The Canvas Announcement request form must be submitted to Academic Technology no later than the Monday prior to the requested post date.
  • No more than five announcements will appear on Canvas at any time.
  • Posting is not guaranteed and announcement spots will be filled first-come, first-served. You are encouraged to plan ahead and submit your announcement as early as possible to reserve a spot. Often announcement spots are filled weeks in advance.
  • Organizations will be limited to one announcement per week.
  • With the exception of emergency notifications, last-minute requests will not be considered.
  • Communications must support the academic or administrative functions of the university.
  • Wording must be clear, specific, and jargon-free.
  • Text announcements should not exceed 250 characters and contain a link to a page containing additional information.
  • Posters must be designed for the web, with a width of no more than 768px, a height of no more than 432px, and a file size no larger than 6MB. Announcements that do not meet this criterion will be returned to the requester for revision.
  • Announcements for research volunteers, commercial bodies, individual student societies, or special-interest groups are not normally accepted.
  • Academic Technology reserves the right to refuse, amend, or remove a requested publicity item at their discretion.

If your announcement meets these guidelines, continue to the Canvas Announcement Request Form.