Backing Up Nexus Grades

Why back up your grades:

As courses are deleted from Nexus on a rolling 5-year basis, backing up grades to your local computer may be desired. This guide provides instructions for obtaining an offline copy of course grades and feedback.
See LMS Course Retention Policy (Feb. 2017)

What can be done with the backup:

Unlike the whole-course backup file that can only be read by Nexus, grades are exported as an OpenDocument spreadsheet, plain text, Excel sheet or XML file. Please keep in mind that these records are subject to FERPA privacy rules and need to be stored in a secure location and destroyed when no longer needed.

How to create a backup of Nexus grades:

1. Login to Nexus at and open the course where you are backing up Nexus grades.

2. Click on the Gear Icon in the top right corner.

3. Click on [Gradebook setup] and then click on [Export] in the top bar.

4. The Export To… page allows you to choose what is included in the backup, as well as the format. Unless you need a specific format, we recommend the Excel Spreadsheet or Plain Text File. If you plan to import the grades into another Nexus course, download the Plain Text File

5. Look through the options under Grade items to be included and review your selections and ensure everything you need is checked to be included in the backup.

6. Expand the Export Format menu at the bottom of the page. If you need student feedback be sure to check that box. The Exclude suspended users option exports only grades from students that are listed as active in the course. If you need grades from students who are suspended from the course, uncheck this option.

7. Click [Download] at the bottom of the page to download your grade backup to your local computer.

If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.


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