How do I add someone with a SUNet ID to a course site?

Anyone with an active SUNet ID can be added to a Canvas site by a member of the course team. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Stanford directory.
  2. Login to StanfordWho with your SUNet credentials for full access.


  1. Search and select the user you'd like to add to your course.
  2. Copy the user's SUNet ID (individuals may have aliases; be sure you choose the FIRST SUNet ID since that's the official SUNet and only the official will work).
  3. Go to your Canvas course site.
  4. Click People on the left-hand navigation.
  5. Click +People .
  6. In the Add People window, select the SUNet ID option and enter the SUNet ID in the text box.
  7. Select the role from the dropdown menu.
    • You should never manually add someone to the Teacher or Student roles to official courses. Teacher is reserved for those officially listed on Axess as teaching the course and Student is for officially enrolled students on Axess. Auditors must always be added as Observers.
  8. If the course includes multiple sections or cross-listings, choose the desired section.
  9. Click Next to continue through the process.

If the person is in the system and eligible to be added to Canvas, a validation message will appear when you add the user. You are now ready to click the Add Users button. 



If a person is not found or the process is not successful, you will see the error below. If this happens, you may want to confirm you are using the official SUNet ID. You can also contact the Canvas team at for assistance.