Stanford Canvas Guest Accounts

Stanford Canvas Guest Account Policy

You may request a Stanford Canvas guest account for someone who does not have a SUNet ID, as long as they are affiliated with Stanford, affiliated with another non-profit academic organization, or participating in a Stanford program. If you want to add someone with a guest account to an official Stanford course, you must add them with the Observer role. If you want to add someone with any other course role, you must sponsor a SUNet ID for them. A base SUNet ID is free and sufficient for access to Canvas. To find out more about sponsorship, see

If you have a special program that requires non-SUNet ID users to have student or teaching roles, please email and include detailed information about your program in your request.

Request a Stanford Canvas guest account

To request a guest account, email with the following information:

  • Guest's name
  • Guests email address
  • Course(s) to which guest needs access (e.g., F16-HISTORY-101-01)
  • Guest’s affiliation to academic organization and/or Stanford program in which guest is participating
  • Purpose of access
  • Any additional information for special programs (if relevant)
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