Ability to lock users' profile pictures through the API

Idea created by Alexander McPherson on Aug 20, 2018
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    So I have written/modified a script that uploads all of the school photos for our students, and I now wish to lock the profile picture that I have just uploaded so that the students cannot change their profile pictures to unprofessional and unhelpful images. The API shows that you can get some of the permissions associated with a user (Users - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation ), but there is no function of the API visible that allows for me to change user[permissions][can_update_avatar] to false after uploading and setting the user's picture. I did try a PUT request but got an error message saying I am not authorised to perform that action as an administrator.  


    I just want to be able to use the API to disable the user's permission to change the avatar, as doing this by hand for 750+ users is not a viable solution, and requires a lot of manual input for a task we would prefer to automate. So far as I can tell, there is no workaround for this yet apart from running this script every night and we would prefer not to do that.





    avatar picture permission api calls api