Embargo Requests

In accordance with University policy, dissertation authors may decide whether or not to restrict access to their dissertation for a limited period of time.  This is called an embargo or delayed release.  N.B. The option to choose an embargo period is not visible in the ETD Administrator.

You must have the support of your dissertation advisor to request a dissertation embargo.  If your advisor agrees that delaying the release of your dissertation is a good idea, your next step is to request an embargo from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education.  The current Deputy Provost for Graduate Education is Deborah Nelson.

Please email Professor Nelson with a request, letting her know how long an embargo you need, and have your advisor write a one line email confirming support.  The embargo period may be 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.  If you wish to renew your embargo, contact the Dissertation Office a few weeks before the Delayed Release date for your dissertation.

When you receive permission for the embargo from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, she will notify Ellen Bryan, Head of the Dissertation Office.   After you have submitted the final version of your dissertation, staff in the Dissertation Office will enter the embargo period, and you will be able to view the Delayed Release date in the ETD Details section of your dissertation submission in the ETD Administrator.

While your dissertation is embargoed, a record for your dissertation including a citation, abstract and additional details will appear in ProQuest databases and other indexes and catalogs, but the full text of your dissertation will not appear through ProQuest, and your dissertation will not be available for purchase.

If for any reason you need to restrict access to your dissertation after you graduate, please contact the Dissertation Office with your embargo request.  Dissertation Office staff members coordinate post-convocation embargoes with University Administration and with ProQuest.