Apply Discussion Forum Restrictions


We recommend that you do not apply any of these restrictions at the forum level and instead limit your restrictions to discussion topics. Information on applying restrictions to Discussion Topics can be found on our Edit Discussion Topic - Right Panel article.

Contact the LSC-Online representative on your campus for more help with these settings. See Meet Your LSC-Online Campus Representative for contact info.

Restrictions Tab


Students will not be able to see the discussion forum if the "Hide from Users" checkbox is checked; if you want the forum to be visible, make sure it is not checked.

Indicates Hide from Users checkbox

The availability of discussion forums can also be limited by date. The options below the Start Date and End Date allow you to control whether or not students can view, access, or post to the forum, both before and after the start and end date.

Shows Topic availability options

NOTE: A Topic cannot be made available during any date where its forum is unavailable; the Forum dates will take precedence.

Release Conditions

The discussion topics may be released to students based on criteria selected in Release Conditions. 

Shows Topic release conditions

Group and Section Restrictions

Discussion forums may be released to students based on their membership in a group, so only group members will be able to post in a specific topic. You should not select this option unless you have created groups for students and are assigning the forum so that members of each group post in a separate forum. 

Shows Topic group and section restrictions.