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Initial Embargo Request

Students with significant concerns related to sensitive or classified information, patents, and potential publishers’ restrictions may request an embargo after the conferral of their degree to delay public release of the thesis or dissertation. The request must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted to the Coordinator of Student Services in the Graduate School no later than the  thesis/dissertation submission deadline. The student, in consultation with the major professor, can choose an embargo period of either one, three, or six years. A reason for the embargo must be included in the space provided. All requests must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Student Instructions

  • Fill out the form, being sure to provide both the title of the thesis/dissertation and the justification for the request, as well as contact information for the major professor.
  • Select an option for the period you would like your thesis/dissertation held from release following the date your degree is conferred (one year, three years, or six years).
  • Electronically sign the form where indicated.
  • Submit the form so that it can be sent to your major professor and the Graduate School for processing.