Set student permissions to post and comment

This article is for teachers.

You can decide how students can post and comment in Classroom. You can set permissions by class or by student. If you allow posting or commenting, students can't edit their posts or comments, but they can delete them. Teachers can delete any post or comment.

Ways students can post in Classroom

  • Post—Information or a question on the class stream.

    Example: When do we visit the museum?

  • Comment—A response to a post or comment.

    Example: We go next Friday. 

  • Reply—A response to a comment that mentions the person who made the comment.

    Example: +commenter’s name Thanks!

Even if you don’t allow students to post or comment, they can still send you a private comment on an assignment or question.

Manage student permissions 

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Control who can post or comment
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings.

    Click Settings

  3. Under General, next to Stream, click the Down arrow and thenchoose a permission:
    • Students can post and comment—This option is the default. Students can post on the class stream and comment on any item.
    • Students can only comment—Students can comment on an existing post, but can't create a post.
    • Only teachers can post or comment—Students can't post or comment. This option mutes all students.

      Select comment permissions

  4. In the top-right corner, click Save.

Mute a student

When you mute a student in your class, they can’t post or comment in the class stream. Students won’t see anything in Classroom to indicate that they are muted for the class. Muted students can still send you private comments. 

Mute a student on the People page

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Click People.

    Click People

  4. Next to the student that you want to mute, check the box.
  5. Click Actionsand thenMute.

    Click Mute

  6. Click Mute again to confirm.

Mute a student from their post or comment

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Point to the post or comment from the student.
  4. Click More and thenMute student name.
  5. (Optional) To delete the comment, check the Also delete this comment box.
  6. Click Mute.
Unmute a student

Unmuting a student lets them post or comment again if you allow it for the class.

Unmute a student on the People page

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Click People.

    Click People

  4. Next to the student that you want to unmute, check the box.
  5. Click Actionsand thenUnmute.

    Click Unmute

  6. Click Unmute again to confirm.

Unmute a student from their post, comment, or reply to a post

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Point to the post, comment, or reply from the student.
  4. Click More and thenUnmute student name.
  5. Click Unmute again to confirm.
Delete a student post or comment
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Point to the post or comment.
  4. Click More and thenDeleteand thenDelete to confirm.
Show or hide deleted posts and comments
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings.

    Click Settings

  3. Under General, next to Show deleted items, click Show  or Hide .
  4. Click Save.

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