Transfer ownership of a class

This article is for Google Workspace administrators. Teachers go here.

If a teacher is leaving the school or changing the classes they teach, you can transfer their classes to another teacher.

When you transfer class ownership, the new teacher doesn't need to accept the transfer for it to occur.

Who can you transfer classes to?

As a Google Workspace admin, you can transfer ownership of a teacher's classes to another teacher in your domain using the Classroom API.

When the class is transferred to a new teacher, the new teacher is the primary teacher of the class. The original teacher becomes a co-teacher of the class.

Who owns class materials after a transfer?

After you transfer ownership of a class, the new primary teacher is the owner of:

  • The class Google Drive folder
  • Materials in the class templates folder
  • Turned-in student work

Who owns deleted material?

Deleted items in the Drive folder, the templates folder, and turned-in student work are not transferred to the new primary teacher.

If you restore deleted items, those items will still belong to the original teacher.

Note: The new primary teacher can delete the class.

Before you delete a teacher's account

Before you delete a teacher's account, confirm that the teacher's classes are no longer in use by students or co-teachers. If the class is still in use, transfer class ownership to another teacher.

When a teacher's account is deleted without transferring ownership:

  • The teacher loses access to Classroom.
  • Their classes can no longer be transferred to someone else.
  • Their classes remain available to other users, but with limited functionality.

If you need to recover classes from a deleted teacher's account, you can restore the deleted account within 20 days of deletion.

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