Office 365 SharePoint Online: Student Accounts-Stop access to staff SharePoint site contents

Office 365 with OneDrive are a great combination of tools to use for Collaboration. Especially in educational environments. Teachers and Students can collaborate on courseworks, homeworks, projects and students with their OneDrive can collaborate among their classmates on projects.

Schools and colleges can use SharePoint Online’s Team site to create a space for Schools, Departments or any other divisions that best applies to their environment and manage their documents online collaborating with the various apps available out of the box as well as custom apps that address their specific business requirements.

Now when you choose your students to be licensed for Office 365  and decide to give them SharePoint,Office Online and 365 Pro Plus


You can be guaranteed that your students get the tools that you want them to have. As seen in the picture below


Excited students, clicking on Sites and “Search Everything” say something like
“Test” and happen to bump into the test papers that Teachers shared in SharePoint sites or in their “Shared With Everyone” folders, that won’t be  good..:)

How  to stop the documents appearing in search results from SharePoint Sites when students search it?

There are only two ways to solve the problem from what I found.

  1. Get Standalone OneDrive for Business license to students accounts.


  1. Create two AD groups
  2. All Staff/ All SharePoint Users – whatever naming convention feels appropriate and
  3. All Students


RemoveAll authenticated users’ from SharePoint team site members/visitors group or any other groups that this is added to.

Once the two disparate AD accounts are created, addAll Staff/All SharePoint Users’ AD group to site group that they need access to.

This will not only ensure SharePoint Libraries OneDrive for Business Sync for All Staff, but also stop Student accounts from accessing SharePoint sites/ its shared contents.

This is how you stop students from accessing contents of SharePoint sites they aren’t supposed to access.

Trust this helps someone trying to accomplish the same!

Have fun SharePointing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s