Blackboard: Clearing or deleting a Blackboard Assignment submission


You may find that you need to clear a submission made to a Blackboard Assignment link. For example, a student may have mistakenly submitted the wrong file.

Important information! 
It is not possible to clear a submission if the assignment is anonymous. This option is not available when anonymity is selected.
The submission attempt cannot be retrieved or recovered after it has been deleted. You may want to download and retain a local copy of the assignment submission before deleting it from the Grade Centre.

Clearing an assignment

1.    In your course, go to the Control Panel > Full Grade Centre.

Control Panel with Full Grade Centre link highlighted

2.    Click on the downward grey chevron arrow icon in the right of the cell corresponding to the submission.

3.    Select View Grade Details.

Drop down menu within grade centre to access Grade details

4.    Select Clear Attempt in the bottom right of the page.

Clearing an attempt , highlighting the button

5.    Blackboard will issue a warning message reminding you that the submission cannot be recovered.  Click OK to delete the attempt.

Warning message of action being final

You will see in the Grade Centre that the ‘Needs Grading’ icon has disappeared, indicating that the attempt has been deleted.

Grade Centre view with blank space where attempt was cleared


Helpful tip!
You may also prefer to allow an ‘Additional Attempt’ for an individual student as an alternative to clearing the attempt. 

Using the Allow Additional Attempt option in View Grade Details

Page last updated on July 2, 2020 by andyturner

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