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Dropbox Folder Restrictions

When you are editing your dropbox folder, click the “Restrictions” tab to set dates and times for when students can submit their assignments.

This screenshot shows the upper portion of the “Restrictions” tab for a dropbox folder.

What Each Date Restriction Does

Date TypeWhat it Means
Hidden from userWith this checked, students won’t see the folder.
Has Due DateAssignments submitted after the due date will be flagged as late when you view the list of submissions.
Has Start DateStudents won’t be able to submit assignments before this date.
Has End DateStudents won’t be able to submit assignments after this date.

Due Date Versus End Date

To enable students to submit assignments late, check the “Has Due Date” box and set the date and time for when the assignment is due. Pilot will flag as late any assignment submitted after that due date.

To prevent students from submitting an assignment after a certain date, check the “Has End Date” box. The folder will close at the time you set here.

Use Due Date alone if you want students to be able to submit late assignments indefinitely.

Use the End Date alone if you want to prevent further submissions after the cutoff.

Use both Due and End dates if you want to allow late assignments up to a point, then close the folder.

Check neither Due Date nor End Date if you want students to be able to submit assignments to the folder as long as the course is open.

Release Conditions

A kind of restriction called “Release Conditions” lets you make a folder available based on an action the student has taken. For example, a student may have to view certain content before submitting an assignment. A folder may only be available once a student score a certain minimum score on a quiz. For more information on release conditions, see

Release Conditions

Special Access

Do you have students who need extended time on an assignment?  Do you have students who need to submit an assignment before or after the regularly scheduled time?  If so, there is no need to create a separate dropbox folder in Pilot for these exceptions.  Instead, you can simply grant the students special access to the existing folder.

To add special access to a folder…

  1. Click on the title of the folder.
  2. Go to the “Restrictions” tab.
  3. At the bottom of the Restrictions screen is the “Special Access” area where you can add users for special access.
  4.  Click “Add Users to Special Access
  5. Set the special access properties (e.g., date, time restrictions, etc.).
  6. Select the student you want to have the special access.
  7. Click “Add Special Access” at the top or bottom of the page.

The folder will now be available to the selected student at the selected date and time.

Video: Add Restrictions to Dropbox Folders