I created a form for students to submit their assignments. They copy their URL of the Google document, then paste it in a form. When I get their responses, I can't open their URL, it says I am not granted access. I checked the form and I am the owner and have access. What do I need to do?

  • To clarify - your students are creating a Google Document and then submitting the URL of that document to you via your form?
    – phantom42
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 18:20

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It sounds like you have two different Google Documents. You have the Google Form that you created and the Google Document that each of your students created with their work.

You have permission to your own Google Document form. But you need permission to access your students' Google Documents work product. Just because you have the link to your students' Google Documents doesn't mean you have permission to access them.

Your students need to change the permissions on their Google Documents. Your students need to click on the "Share" button in the top right section of their Google Document, and add your email address to the "Invite people:" field.

  • Thanks, that works but I guess I was hoping to eliminate the need to share by having them give me the URL. So my next question is this: After they share a document with me, can I delete it and still access it via the form? Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 19:13
  • These are confusing questions. What are your goals? You can always go to the "File" menu on a Google Doc to "Make a Copy". Then you'll have your own copy, and you don't need access to the student's version, and the student can do whatever they want with it, including delete it.
    – jaredcohe
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 21:00
  • Was these responses helpful? Is there more? Can you close the question if you've got all you need?
    – jaredcohe
    Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 1:57

@jaredcohe is correct, your students should share the document with you. They should follow the step by step procedure described below:

First Step:

Screenshot of step 1

Second Step:

Screenshot of second step

Third Step:

Click Share & save!


If you don't want to go to the trouble of having students "share" the assignments, they will have to make the assignment "public", if your school allows that. Doing so will allow the URLs to work.

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