The Canvas Term Start date is two weeks in advance of the U-M official term start date. The official term start date for the Winter 2016 term in Canvas is December 22, 2015. Students can access your course up to six weeks before the term start date but first you must publish it.
This timing enables you to give students earlier access to course materials, if appropriate. This timing impacts all courses without explicit dates. Courses with dates set by instructors or department staff still adhere to those dates.