Embargo Policy

As part of our obligations as scholars, the University of Chicago is deeply committed to publicly sharing original dissertation research and requires, as a condition for receipt of the doctorate, all students to execute a publication agreement with ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing granting ProQuest non-exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and sell their dissertations. The University is also committed to students' rights as authors, allowing students to delay access to their dissertations as needed. There are times when students may be concerned that making their dissertation research publicly available might endanger research subjects or themselves, jeopardize a pending patent, complicate publication of a revised dissertation, or otherwise be unadvisable. In accordance with University policy, dissertation authors may, in consultation with faculty in their field (and as appropriate, research collaborators), restrict access to their dissertation for a limited period of time. This is called an embargo or delayed release. A dissertation author may choose to initially embargo the dissertation for a period of six months, one year, or two years.

While a dissertation is embargoed, a record for the dissertation that includes a citation, abstract and additional details will appear in ProQuest databases and other indexes and catalogs, but the full text of the dissertation will not appear through ProQuest and will not be available for purchase. If a dissertation author needs to renew an embargo at the end of its term or initiate an embargo after graduation, the author should contact the Dissertation Office with the embargo request. Dissertation Office staff members coordinate post-convocation embargoes with University Administration and with ProQuest.